I know it's a little early... You haven't even opened your sweet little eyes yet to see the last hurrah of summer or the softly approaching fall. You're still incubating, growing, like a little pumpkin awaiting your season. And even once you have come into our world, you may not notice the swift succession of Halloween and Thanksgiving and, my favorite, Christmas. And once Christmas is upon us, you probably won't yet have the ability to enjoy what I'm sending your way this year, but I think you will, eventually.
For the last 25 years, since I was a little toddling thing, I've looked forward every holiday season to this countdown... the countdown to Christmas. My mom's cousin started this tradition decades ago, hand-making and sending Christmas Advent Calendars to her nephews, nieces, cousins and so forth. My mama rekindled and continued the tradition a few years ago by creating new patterns to pass on to her nieces and nephews; and now it's my turn. I'm making two this year: one for my dear sweet niece, Fern Rose, and one for my best friend's little one, you. Although you're not in my family by blood, your mommy is my sister in God's family, truly my kindred spirit; so by the most abiding records, I consider you my niece. I hope in a few years you enjoy counting down to Santa Claus and Baby Jesus as much as I still do...
|My toolbox, given to me by my mama last Christmas, in hopes that I would take up the tradition. Thanks, Ma!|
|Christmas Heart Cookie -- in action!|
|14 handmade ornaments -- Others still in process!|
|Christmas Tree Advent Calendar, sans ornaments|
|Ornaments in their pouches|
There isn't yet a Baby Jesus pattern -- that's a new feature that I'm planning on creating in the next few months. Your mama knows I'm a procrastinator, especially in the arts/crafts area (Please don't ask her about the Ireland scrapbook!). But, Lord willing and the creek don't rise, preventing me from working on this because I'll be in shock wondering where that creek came from and how it could possibly rise given this drought, it should be all ready by the time you're able to put them on the calendar yourself!
Your auntie Carrie
This post was made as part of Jenna's Virtual Baby Shower, organized by Veronica of Veronica's Cornucopia. (Thanks, Veronica!!!) Other awesome contributers to Jenna's Virtual Baby Shower are:
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The Pajama Chef (Bloomington, IN): Iced Tea with Ginger-Mint Simple Syrup
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