Finally, finally, finally December is here (or, at least in less than an hour and a half)! And with December comes so many wonderful things– cookies, Santa, snow… and Advent calendars!
I love Advent calendars. Way before John deployed— and by way before, I mean last Christmas– I started thinking about what I could do to make December less awful for him. The only logical answer was an Advent calendar. What could be better? There’s something to look forward to every single day!
It took me almost a month to put the box together– which was why John didn’t get a Thanksgiving package from me. (I promised him it would be worth it… so here’s hoping it is!).
The Advent box consisted of four main things: a poem that I glued around the inside of the box, 24 wrapped and numbered packages, a Don’t Blame Jo for These Awful Christmas Songs CD (compiled by Rachel and more on that later), and a cut-out Christmas tree.
I’m sending you a Christmas tree
To tack up on your wall.
It’s just cut out of paper,
I didn’t find it at the mall.
The rest are tiny presents
Labeled one to twenty-four
Just one wrapped-up surprise a day
So December’s not a bore.
This box is filled with presents,
Yes, there are presents in a pile.
But the best one comes in just six weeks:
I get to see you smile!
So like a happy, little mouse
Who finds a box of cheeses,
Merry Christmas to you, John
And, Happy Birthday, Jesus!
So, here’s an Advent surprise for you! For the month of December, I’ll be blogging about the craft or item in John’s Advent calendar. If it’s a craft, I’ll supply the directions and templates! Check back daily to find out what’s next on Jo, My Gosh!’s…