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Dec 01

Solstice Calendar

My husband grew up with an Advent Calendar. Every day his mother would dole out butterscotch candies that were pinned to it. A few years ago, he mentioned it to me, saying that it was a tradition he enjoyed and missed. We don’t celebrate Christmas, so we needed to come up with something that would work with our beliefs and holidays.

We ended up with a Solstice calendar. I’m not certain why I felt it necessary to hand stitch all of the tiny pieces of felt on, but it does look nice. The same ribbons that we use to hang it tie the calendar when it is rolled up. It’s also quilted, so it’s rather sturdy.

It happens that the Winter Solstice is not always on the same calendar day, so the last row of pockets has snaps so that we can change numbers or pictures. Rather than have the calendar be about receiving a treat, we made it about the gift of giving, with the idea that after receiving something nice yourself, you would pass it on by doing a kindness for someone else. The little face showing in the first pocket is a simple shape gnome. I realized after I finished the calendar that we needed a visual representation to move each day, so I grabbed one of our handmade toys. The little gnome has lived in the calendar ever since.

 

This year, we have added a small piece of paper to each pocket with a special thing to do. Some of the items are fun things and some are of a more giving nature.

  1. Put together Holiday Helper gift
  2. Make wreath for front door
  3. Ornament Swap
  4. Buy  2010 Solstice Ornaments
  5. Hang outside lights
  6. Paper snowflakes
  7. Mail holiday cards
  8. Make gingerbread house
  9. Make fudge
  10. Surprise Daddy’s coworkers with fudge and food
  11. Make cut out cookies
  12. Buy a holiday treat
  13. Drop off food at fire station
  14. Torch lit hike
  15. Leave cookies for mailman
  16. Surprise someone with baked goods
  17. Deliver Goodies to Neighbors
  18. Hot chocolate and games
  19. Drive around to look at holiday lights
  20. Celebrate the Solstice Party
  21. Make Yule log
  22. Open Gifts

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  1. Dionna @ Code Name: Mama

    LOVE this idea!! The thought of putting in fun tasks or kindnesses to do every day is my favorite part – thanks for the idea :)

  2. georgia

    what a wonderful idea! thank you for sharing.

  3. Melodie

    That also combines two of my favorite holiday traditions. Giving and advent calendars. I did a giving jar last year but found it hard to keep up with. I think I tried to do too much though. I love your idea! It’s perfect!

  4. Kristen @ Adventures in Mommyhood

    I love this idea! I was raised Christian but am an atheist now so have been trying to think of something similar to an Advent calendar to do. I really like attaching it to the idea of giving, too.

  5. Mama Whimsy

    This is wonderful! I’ve linked to your post from here
    http://simple-whimsy.blogspot.com/2010/12/advent-countdown-to-christmas.html
    Thanks!

  6. Amy

    This is such a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing it.

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