Come visit with me as I stitch and craft my way from one Christmas to the next - I like to have Christmas projects close by me all year. I have a particular fondness for Santas and Angels. If you have the time, leave a comment so I know you've visited.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Advents and Nativity

Here's my Santa Advent tree - on December 7 if I've counted the Santas correctly. This tree is one of my favourite Christmas things. I made it in 1998, and I have since made lots of them for family and friends.

Here's my basket of Advent gifts - I get one each day from Dec 1 to Dec 24.

Here's DP's Advent gifts. I bought this Advent gift tree in Hong Kong in about 1990, and it's been part of my Christmas since then.

and this is one of my absolute favourites - my African Nativity. It's made of terracotta. I've had these out on display each Christmas for the past 20 yrs.


Kelly said...

Oh I love the gift tradition! You made your advent tree!!!! I would love to know what it is made of and how you did it. What a special heirloom!

stitchinfiend said...

Love your Nativity Scent and those Advent trees are so pretty. Looks like you have some nice gifts to open too.

Elfie said...

The Advent tree is just a tree-shape cut from a sheet of plywood, and painted both sides. My tree is 2 ft tall, but I've made some much smaller. The stand is a circle of thicker wood with a groove cut in it to stand the tree in. I painted my stand red with gold border and highlights. I painted 24 wooden stars of different sizes red with gold highlights on one side, and painted a Santa on the other side. Then I drilled a hole in the top and threaded a ribbon through. I put 24 little gold nails into the tree, and tied a star Santa to each one, so that I could flip the star over. I start with all the stars showing, and from Dec 1 turn one each day to show the Santa. When all 24 Santas are showing, I know that Santa Claus is on his way. After Christmas I take the tree out of its stand and it then is quite easy to store.