Thursday, 2 December 2010


Now, if you've been following this blog for a while, you'll know I'm not religious. I do however enjoy Christmas and the celebrations that occur at this time of year. It's a time to relax, enjoy each other's company, put a smile on people's faces by cooking them nice food and giving them presents, and of course have some good old family time. I'm aware that advent actually started a few days ago, but in the Petit Filoux household, this year's advent calendar is truly a countdown to Christmas. A countdown to good times to be had. So yes, it's only got 24 boxes, 24 cute little boxes to open each day until Christmas day. I am so excited it's ridiculous!

Last year, I found this great template for a homemade advent calendar and it was perfect. This year, I wanted something slightly different, but working on the same idea. So off I went and printed blank versions of those little pyramids, on A3 paper instead of A4 this time though. This gave me larger boxes so I could fit whatever chocolate I wanted inside! Because yes yes yes, we're getting a little something sweet each day until Christmas. No, it's not all about the chocolate, but you know what, it helps, and I know for sure it'll put a smile on our faces!

Chocolate's not the only thing that we put in this year's advent calendar though. A lot, lot more has gone into it. A lot more thought and attention, a whole lot of love really. Confused? Let me explain. I thought it would be a lovely idea for both of us to write down things we love about each other, things that make us laugh about each other, reasons why we love each other. Nothing cheesy, just a daily reminder of what it's all about. It's so easy to get bogged down in the daily humdrum, I thought this would be lovely. To open a little paper each day that would put a smile on our faces, I can't think of a better way to start the day.

So, after printing enough boxes, cutting them out, painting numbers, sticking on bits of twine for hanging, adding decorations with glitter pens and closing them up, the most important bit of all: the putting up of the advent calendar. With a little help from my little Christmas elf, it went up, slowly but surely, on the book shelf in the living room.

Happy December one day late everyone!


Sue said...

What a wonderful idea! Love it. Enjoy your countdown.

mooncalf said...

That is lovely. Happy advent :)

ETA: My word verification for this comment is 'making' - how apt!

Jill said...

I love your Advent Calendar.
And, what a great idea for you and the OH to write down words of love for each other to read.
I might steal the little boxes idea for Violet and I to make next year for her daddy to open. Chocolate would be a must as he's got the sweetest tooth in Christendom :0)

Happy Advent.

50 and still trying to be Frugal .... said...

what a lovely idea. i love the boxes and the idea of the notes. i think that sort of thing is all too soon forgotten;
Have a lovely december

Anonymous said...

thats fantastic! i wish i was more crafty

Kitty M said...

oooh this is fabulous you are clever! I would not however be able to resist those Lindor choccies ... especially the white ones! :-)

Taz said...

A brilliant idea and they look so lovely. Here's to anything bringing a smile to your face during a cold month :)

Hot Pink Dahlia said...

Do you have the link where I can go and get this template? I love this idea!


isabelle boinot said...


I love this advent calendar, I am looking for the template now, do you vae it?
Thank you very much.