Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Counting Down

I found what I think is a really
fun way to count
down to Christmas.
I think this was a Martha Stewart idea
and I just had to copy it.

I'm sorry I didn't post this sooner but
I couldn't let certain people see it until
they could open it on December 1.
I did a set for my sister and brother in law,
one for TJ and of course, one for Becky.

These are old fashioned candy bags
each labeled 1-24 and each
containing a little gift or treat for the day.
Those are little bitty clothes pins holding them
to the line.

This advent calendar was given
to me last year for Christmas
and I am just crazy about it!
In fact, I ended up ordering
three of them for a friend
that wants one and to gift 2
and 2 more for me to gift
(one back to my sister).

It has VERY strong magnets on the back
and stays on the refrigerator perfectly.
Each magnet is a cookie!

While trying to find a place
to order this,
I learned a lot of people
make their own with their own
cookie sheets.  That would be fun too!

Do you have a special way to count
down to Christmas?


Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Love your countdowns! We have a countdown bear and also 3 chocolate advent calendars (one for each boy)

Madi and Mom said...

I LOVE IT Jill!! And oh my gosh you actually filled each bag!! You are woman hear you roar.
I used to have a Christmas Calendar when my daughter was young.
Hugs C

Gloria said...

Great ideas! Maybe I will make them next year for the grandchildren!

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

Super cute. Love the old fashioned candy bags. I do not have a calendar. I have my girls that remind me, actually my 20 year old does.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Umm, no. But yours is uber cute! Enjoy, my friend. :)

Mommie Dearest Strikes Again said...

What a cute idea...I love it!

TexWisGirl said...

the candy would be dangerous to have around! :)

EG Wow said...

I have a handmade advent calendar packed away which I used every year when my girls were younger. It's made of fabric and quilted. The ornaments are made of felt, all different.

Judy said...

What a neat idea.

mountain mama said...

the cookie sheet advent calendar is great!!!!!

Donna said...

I have had an old Christmas Countdown calendar for years...Now my Grankids keep up with it...
Like the bag idea!

Nezzy said...

In our home we've used all kinds of event calendars and the like.

In the classroom we did use the candy bags a couple years. It was great as long as we had a 'small' group.

God bless ya and have a marvelous day sweetie!!!

Anonymous said...

How cute... & YuMmY! =)

missing moments said...

Love it! How clever and fun to have something each day!

At Home in English Valley said...

I love anything hanging from clothespins! Really cute! Thank you for visiting me and for your sweet comment! Merry Christmas! Penny

Blessed Serendipity said...

I love the idea of the striped bags with treats. The cookie sheet advent calendar complete with "cookies" is sweet too. Hope you have a great day Jill.


~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

How fun is this! I don't have any way to count down--I'm in total denial about the holidays!! :-)

I hope your day is an enjoyable one!!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh WOW, I love this!!! You are soooo creative!!! (It just reminded me that I have 2 more Advent calendars to deliver--I forgot! lol

Sending (((hugs))) your way,

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Sooo cute Jill!... yes, I have a cute little old chalet type advent calendar and put chocolates behind each door, one for me and one for Jack... sometimes I eat both of them!... xoxo Julie Marie

Michaele said...

Kids would love this!!

Melodie said...

That is cute! Our traditions for counting down go something like..."No you can't open one today" every single day,lol!

Donna said...

I love the cute little bags. And, the cookie sheet would be really cute to make!

We don't count down - did it when the kids were little and when they lived close, but this year is a little lighter in most decorations!

Love seeing what everyone is doing!


Chatty Crone said...

You are a busy girl there! Whew. I like both you Christmas counters.

My mom made a big angel with 25 pockets and in each pocket she handmade an item. The last being baby Jesus.

Love, sandie

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

Love these ideas-soooo cute!!

Tammy said...

You are always doing something. Boy, I don't know how you find the time. I can't even seem to find time for picture takling these days.