It’s the first of December so we’re allowed to start talking Christmas (or ‘the holidays’ if you prefer).
The Minx’s advent tree, which is yearly supplied with small treats by one of the Minx’s godmothers, will go up tonight and I thought it might be fun to round up some other advent type things I’ve come across in the last few days.
One of the Minx’s other godmothers (yep, we did a good job picking those) has sent her a link to this gorgeous-looking online advent calendar by Jacquie Lawson featuring Christmassy London scenes. I don’t seem to be able to share the demo, but do click on it, it’s really charming. I don’t care about the Minx, I’m excited enough to start open the first link when she comes home from school tonight.
Also tonight, we’re off to see the Christmas Ships as they set off on their nightly December odyssey round Seattle’s waterways. Rain has always conspired to stop us seeing them before, but it looks like it will be OK tonight. Hopefully pictures tomorrow.
The Daily Suze found two beautiful, more grown-up, advent calendars.
This from the White Company (how I miss that shop). I love this idea of having a tasteful tree decoration for every day and transferring them one by one from the calendar to the tree. Maybe when we get back to having tasteful trees again we’ll do this.
This calendar is also minimalist and lovely, and even I wouldn’t have trouble making it. It could be made to fit into any décor too, if you changed the colour of the boxes. I still don’t quite see the Minx appreciating it yet though.
If you want an advent calendar for yourself go along to Paper Coterie where they are doing a project called ‘Picture the Holidays’. Every day you will be emailed a prompt to take a photograph and at the end you will get the chance to put all your gorgeous images together into a photo book. Facebook friends who have done one Paper Coteries’s Prompt Me projects before have said that it’s very fun, so I’ve decided to sign up. Let’s see how it goes. I’ll put more details up in dedicated posts as the month progresses.
Finally, if you’re into shopping rather than photography, Abigail*Ryan, purveyors of beautiful homewares, are doing a 12 Days of Christmas Sale. Search for the snowflakes on one of their gorgeous handprinted teatowels or cushions and get it on sale for one day only. And if anyone wants to buy me one of their teatowel gift boxes, please feel free.