As December got closer my son mentioned the Lego advent calender that he had for Christmas 2012. I had a moment of quick panic. I HAD to buy it! My first thought was to jump on line and order one with quick freight. But after this thought came the more mindful consideration...is this something I need to do? Is it really necessary to spend quite a lot of money to simply have this thing? Is it worth adding something else to the credit card through online purchasing? Is it worth adding to the bulk of transportation that is filling the air and roads?
I love the anticipation of an advent calender and so I thought that I could make one that was more personally suited to Ryan and was sourced as locally or sustainably as possible. Finding brown bags in my craft cupboard I then cut cardboard numbers, in his favourite colours, from 1-24 and attached these with glue to each bag.
Filling the bags was the fun part! A few precious stones from the markets, some tree decorations in his favourite colour from a fair trade store, a set of decorated pencils made in Australia, a yo-yo and a wrist band. Little things. Personal things. The most wonderful part of all? My son told me that his favourite part of his advent calender was "that you made it just for me!"
|The finished product!|