With 10, yes TEN days left until Christmas, I wanted to share one of my favorite parts of my first married Christmas with R.
Because this is a big *first* for us, I'm trying really hard to create items and memories that will last us a long time. I'm sure all the ornaments I've picked for our first tree together will eventually go out of style, and some of the traditions we try to start won't last. But, the one idea I'm really proud of is our advent calendar.
Every day for the month of December I've taken a picture (or several, then picked the best one) to hang on the wall. It was the easiest DIY to set up and it's really fun for everyone who comes over to look at. Not only does it encourage us to enjoy this season, but we have full documentation of our first Christmas to look back on in years to come. I look forward to taking a new picture every day!
Everyone who's seen it has wanted to do it too, so file this one away for next year! You'll have a blast.
I grabbed a huge garland from Trader Joe's for $6 at the end of November. Half of it is on my table, the other half I used for this project! Using clear thumb tacks, attach the garland to the wall in a slightly curved shape. Cut your ribbon (mine is gray velvet from ribbonbaazar.com) into five pieces of slightly varying lengths, about 2 ft each. Hang them vertically just under the garland (I literally taped them to the wall with washi tape (from Target), which comes off easily and doesn't mark the wall.)
I happen to have a delightful polaroid printer that prints pictures from my phone, which really helps with the everyday aspect of this project - I can print the day's photo at 10 pm before I go to bed in like, 3 seconds, so that's nice. You could use a regular polaroid camera, or any printer you like - it just depends on the look you're going for.
Last step: Every day, take a picture and clip it to the ribbon with a mini clothespin (my gold ones are from Paper Source). Label it with the date using a gold Sharpie.
That's it! Would you try it? Let me know! I can't wait to share our finished calendar on the 25th and celebrate our first Christmas!