Gone are the days when a mass-produced chocolate Advent calendar can excite me leading up to Christmas and now I find there is a world of creative versions awaiting our discovery. You can buy or make one focused on beer, Lego, Kiehls skin care, whiskey, makeup, and even stitch markers. So, it seems like a natural fit to have one filled with woolly goodness too!
What’s In a Name?
Though I love the idea, I feel like the name doesn’t work. I understand the ties to its origin and the tradition, but it excludes so many to link them to Advent and Christianity. I myself grew up with a Jewish best friend (made when we were in Hebrew preschool together) and a Hindu best friend, so though I am Catholic, I was honoured to grow up in their families as well with their religious holidays, traditions, and meanings. And then those without a religious faith. So, I much prefer calling them yarn calendars or countdown calendars.
Countdown Calendars for Knitters
Advent Calendar Kit from Purl Soho
Of course, you can also make your own. I have never done that and not sure I would, but I do it for my son. It went great last year. I bought a 23+ Duplo (Miles from Tomorrow) or Lego kit and separate it out into Advent calendar bags, with the instructions in the middle of the month and a blind bag on the final day to switch it up.
What would be in your ideal Advent calendar?