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« on: November 24, 2007 10:11:53 AM »

Hey Craftsters, I'm looking for ideas on this - My kids have been given these old, very cute felt advent calendars that used to belong to their dad and uncle. They each have little stuffed felt things to hang up on the main background each day. They LOVE them.

I want to make something similar for the Winter Solstice. That is the main holiday that we celebrate in our house, not in a pagan way, I just like the astronomical aspects of it since I'm a science geek and not religious. So I'm trying to figure out how I can make a keepsake calendar in the same style.

The problem is, the solstice falls on a different day each year, so I'm not sure how to handle the "countdown" aspect of it. Other than that, I think I can figure out the rest - I want it to have a nature/tree-of-life theme to it. It's the varying number of days that I'm not sure how to do. Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2007 02:36:10 PM »

I don't know if this would work, but if you want to stick with felt.
I believe the winter solstice generally falls around the 21st - 23rd? Maybe you could make as many pockets, or whatnot, as the latest solstice - if that makes any sense. Like, if the solstice fell on the 23rd and never any later, I would make 23 pockets, and just not use the ones that weren't necessary for that year.
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2007 02:42:22 PM »

Why not count down a certain number of days regardless of when the solstice falls?  1 - 25 needn't corespond to the date, but to the number of days left until solstice, i.e. 4 weeks is 28 days so number them 28-1.
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2007 05:13:06 AM »

I would make a wall hanging with a tree of life applique on it, make little felt pouches or boxes shaped like leaves, and take one down each day. And I think the countdown thing is still doable. You'd just have to pick the number of days you want to use and start on a different day each year.
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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2007 11:31:23 AM »

Yeah, you guys are right - I just need to pick a countdown and go backwards. hmmmm...Now I need to sketch this out! Smiley (I obviously won't finish this this year, though!)
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2007 11:39:58 AM »

Well, if you're aiming for next year why not a countdown from equinox to solstice?  Just kidding... oof.  Lips sealed
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2007 02:43:12 PM »

I've been wanting to make a "December" advent-ish calendar.  I think just having numbers for days would be best (1-31) and then whatever you reveal or fill it with will show the nature of what you want to celebrate... for me that includes various holidays, Solstice and passing into the New Year. 

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