Thursday, December 04, 2008

My faith in humanity has been restored. No, really.

This year I really wanted an Advent calendar so Chicky and I could count down the days to Christmas together. And so the two of us would have an excuse to get a piece of chocolate every day for 25 days all in the name of the holidays.

I searched online for the perfect Advent calendar; a calendar I would want to keep for awhile and something the kids would be excited about taking out year after year. And I searched. And searched. Some of the ones I found were really... Jesus-y. They looked like my Catholic upbringing had thrown up all over them. You could practically see the guilt. Seriously. They stressed me out.

Others were too childish. I know the calendar is supposed to be for the kids but it has to live in my house, so Disney Advent Calendars were not even considered. That goes double for anything with a princess on it. I don't know about you, but a Princess Advent calendar just doesn't scream Christmas to me. It screams "You're the mother to two girls! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!", but it doesn't scream Christmas.

So I did what most people do these days when faced with a challenge - I bitched about it on Twitter.

The response I got was overwhelming. Within minutes I had all sorts of suggestions from the people who live in my computer. I love Twitter. Twitter completes me. So do the people who live in my computer. And the voices in my head. They're pretty cool too.

Then a certain lovely lady suggested I make one. Um, make? I'm sorry, that does not compute. Like with my hands? And glue? Did she not see what happens when I attempt to get crafty? I couldn't craft my way out of a paper bag with a hot glue gun and pinking shears with Martha Stewart personally giving me directions.

So she offered to make one for me. It just came today:

Pretty sure I Squee'd when I opened it. And I don't Squee. Unless I'm drinking, but since it arrived this morning I was still relatively sober when I opened it.

I gave her dog training advice, she gave me a handmade advent calendar. I think I got the better end of the deal.

Thanks, PGoodness! You've convinced me that not all people suck. Most do, but not all and certainly not you.

(And Happy Birthday, girlfriend. You don't look a day over 25.)


Mags said...

That's a really nice Advent calendar. I've been keeping my eye out for one that I like...Until then, we are using the calendars the kids made at preschool. They get to pop a big bubble per day...they cut a Xmas tree out of bubble wrap; each tree has 25 bubbles.

d e v a n said...

That's great! I've been trying to find a good one for 2 years, and still haven't succeeded.

Anonymous said...

Hey, that's cool! Are those little containers?

The Stiletto Mom said...

That is so nice! I had a similar experience, a blogger sent a teddy bear to my daughter. She has a daughter too so while that sounds odd, it wasn't, you know, because in some weird way we all hang out together. Put a huge smile on my little girls face and now we go nowhere without the bear.

Heather said...

I think most people on twitter think I am asking hypothetical questions or something. I rarely get answers for some reason.

Of course I'm greatful to those who do answer though!

Great calendar!

Pgoodness said...'re so welcome!! It was fun to do for you!

I have to tell you, though, I'm learning about this little calendar... The little lids don't stay on too great when they have kisses in them! so be careful if it's hanging and there's candy in them... The candy may randomly jump out (making kids everywhere so happy!)

Unknown said...

That's really fun! I still haven't found one for my home- the search continues!

Kate said...

Oh advent calendars! Brings me back to the days of 12 years of Catholic school. Oh how it hurts.