Friday, November 27, 2009

Cubby Christmas

As I reminisce fondly over Tom Turkey and a lovely Thanksgiving with my family, I'm secretly welcoming the start of the Christmas season. I know what you're thinking (namely that I'm crazy and it's far too soon to be be humming a merry tune), but hear me out. Christmas Day may be a month away, but a favorite holiday tradition is about to to kick off: the Advent calendar.

An Advent calendar is a special calendar used to count and celebrate the period of Advent—the days of expectation and preparation leading up to Christmas. "Advent" comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming," and while its origins are religious in nature, the secular world has embraced this holiday tradition as well. There are 24 days of Advent, starting on December 1st, but calendars can be extended to 25 days to include Christmas Day.

We've all seen the typical 2-ply cardboard affair where you open a cutout door each day revealing the number of days remaining until Christmas. In my house we grew up hanging a felt tree with charming felted ornaments added one by one. If you want to be the king of calendars, though, you can create a touch of Christmas magic all month by wrapping up a wee gift for each day of Advent. Instead of a traditional pocketed fabric calendar, display your petite presents in a cubby organizer with 24 or 25 slots. My favorite is this rustic cubby organizer from Pottery Barn. Already numbered for you, this organizer can double as storage in your home year-round then truly shine as your calendar in December. Loved ones will delight in opening one dainty treasure each day until Santa finally arrives.

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