Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The 24 Days of Christmas
While I like the lead-up to Christmas about as much as your average American (with occasional forays into Grinch-dom), my husband downright adores the holiday season. This year was the first that I had gotten my act together in time to make an advent calendar for him. (The apparent absence of a biological clock doesn't mean I can't funnel that spare maternal energy toward Shawn and our dog.)
Let me tell you, making 24 various-sized paper trees for our mantle was (and continues to be) a labor of love. I used a cone template, PaperSource's gold and silver glitter wrapping paper, and their recommended Super Tacky Tape. (Each tree has a number, fashioned from a pipe cleaner, sticking out of the point at the top.) Every morning, "Santa" wakes up and painstakingly re-tapes half of the trees, because PaperSource lies.
2011 also happened to be the first time we bought a full-sized, freshly-cut tree. Our old ornaments were misplaced in the move, and because they always trimmed a small table-top fake, they were probably too diminutive for this year's tree anyway. Conveniently, the advent calendar has been a good way to populate our bare fir. I've loved picking out meaningful ornaments:
The advent gifts aren't necessarily ornaments, though. Sometimes, the present of the day is a few sea-salt caramels or macarons (counterproductive to our supposed diet). Once, it was a batch of Shawn's favorite homemade sugar cookies. As Christmas approaches, I have a few experiences up my sleeve: yesterday, it was a note saying we'd be meeting after work for a hot cocktail. Not wanting to scoop myself, I won't mention what I have in store for the remaining 11 days, but as you can imagine, Christmas in NYC affords us plenty of options!