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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

While my mom and sister were here we started decorating for Christmas. The finishing touches went up yesterday. Here's a peak at some of our decorations this year.

We started a new tradition of doing an advent calendar. I made an advent calendar quilt (here's the pattern), and as always, it took much longer than I anticipated. Each pocket is fully lined. I appliqued all of the numbers onto each pocket as well. I would highly recommend using no-sew heat and bond instead, because the appliquéing took a looooong time. The director of Jude's preschool quilted it for me. You probably can't see from the picture, but the quilting is all free motion quilting.

I put two ornaments and two pieces of chocolate in each pocket. The kids hang the ornaments on this little advent tree.

Then we read an advent devotion. I'm kinda flying by the seat of my pants, as usual, so I haven't found a great devotional. The Jesse tree devotionals focus on the Old Testament stories leading up to the birth of Jesus. I may just read these stories out of the kids' Beginner Bible instead. If you know of a great Advent devotional please let me know in the comments. :)

The kids are loving this new tradition. They woke up this morning begging to do another pocket!

And since we're on the topic of Christmas, when my mom and sister were here we celebrated "Christmas morning"... albeit a month early. The kids got to open their gifts from my mom and from my grandparents. Oh it was such a delight!


  1. Ho, ho, ho! Looks like some fun is going on at your place. I LOVE the advent pocket quilt. My goal is to make one exactly like that for Thansgiving...filling each pocket with ways to show gratitude. After that, and Advent one. One small problem...I don't sew...yet!

    Great job! Enjoy these special days of Advent.

  2. Oh my gosh, she got the ride 'em pony!! My son wants it so bad...although i think it's pretty pricey-lucky little girl!!
    Love your advent quilt-you never cease to amaze me!

  3. Oh, we love advent calendars here too & how wonderful you have created a new tradition!

    AND Oh, a sneak peek into an early Christmas morning.....gets me excited!

    Love the pony and I can just imagine the fun fashion assembles to follow! :)

    The house looks beautiful!

  4. Oh my...What a beautiful advent quilt! I do the chocolate ones from the store....$1 a piece, but the kids LOVE them. First thing they do when they wake up in the morning.

    Lovin' the 5 stocking;-)!!!

    It's definitely looking festive your way.

    I've been looking for good advent devotionals too. If you find some let me know.

    Merry Christmas.



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