Some calendars are paper and the thrill is finding and opening the door with either a verse, greeting, or image. Other years, we had a CHOCOLATE calendar, where there was a piece of the waxiest, (most delicious) chocolate you can imagine. Sure, there was the thrill of getting to open that door and knowing it was all for you.... (except the time my sister raided the calendar early.) But, there was also the realization that Christmas was nearing.
When my children were small, we introduced them to Advent Calendars and I think they're hooked on them as well. Now, that they're away at college during most of December, I don't get to see their anticipation and excitement.
But, that changed this year thanks to my friend Bonnie. She jokingly calls herself, "Buzzkill Bonnie" due to her practical nature, but I think she is both practical and delightful. I think she should be renamed something like, Bold Bonnie, Big League Bonnie, or... BODACIOUS Bonnie. That's it. She's now been renamed.
Bodacious Bonnie and I were playing around doing some Gelli-prints when she threw down the gauntlet... "I'd like to see the prints used in some sort of Advent Calendar."
I gave some thought to creating an Advent Calendar using Gelli-prints and Bonnie. I contacted her to try and find a daily temptation and see how I could work it into a daily gift. It became difficult rather quickly.
I thought about using K-cups or gourmet coffee. Do you drink coffee?
Are you a tea drinker?
Good, God, Woman. What is your vice?
I should have known. Chocolate. An oldie, but goodie. It brought me back to my childhood. But, I had to create an adult version because, frankly, waxy chocolate is not as appealing as it once was.
I sought out a good chocolate that was individually wrapped and found Ghiradelli Chocolate Squares in assorted flavors. Peppermint bark, dark chocolate, salted caramel... oh the list goes on and on.
Then, I needed a way to contain all the gifts together. Could paper hold it together? Should I make a box? Should I do envelopes?
It came to me.... How about a long wooden box that could be reused throughout the year? I could wrap the chocolates individually with a number that corresponded to the day... Now it was coming together.
I chose sizes of balsa that were wider than my chocolate squares.
I stuffed chocolate the envelope.
I put the number on top.
And then stapled it shut. I did that with all 24 numbers and chocolates.
After the box was completely dry, I wrapped around a coordinating ribbon, attacked the "Merry Christmas image" with a glue dot and filled the box with daily goodies. I couldn't wait to take it to Bodacious Bonnie! We met for lunch and I pulled out the calendar. I reminded her of her challenge and she paid me the highest compliment... she reached right inside and opened Day 1.