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« on: December 04, 2011 07:29:19 AM »

We lost our 5 year old son this July and I've been trying to find something to do for the last two months to keep his memory alive for my older son.  My friend at work gave me the idea of making an advent calendar and I went from there.  We took 25 of his toys and made them into ornaments by adding sparkles, hooks, and Christmas touches.  I think this turned out wonderful and we look forward to opening one each night.



Our Christmas Cootie complete with google eyes.  This one my son made  Smiley



Star Wars which was my younger son's favorite all time movie series.



A Lego heart made by my sister.



Lego Knight made by my mom.  

We had most of the family involved and everyone made a different ornament which really made this project special I think.  The best part is that my older son will have this for the rest of his life and he'll be able to remember his brother and all of their favorite toys that they played with.  



Next I made pouches with Christmas fabric and ribbons and hung each pouch up on a long ribbon along the fireplace with all of our stockings.  Each night we light a candle before opening the pouch.  Unfortunately the holidays can sometimes be difficult, but if anyone has recently lost someone and is having a difficult time getting in the holiday spirit I think a craft somewhere along these lines is a good starting point.  I know it really made my family happy  Smiley  
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2011 09:00:26 AM »

I'm so sorry for you loss, kari2cameron. I can't imagine how difficult the holiday must be.

This is such a wonderful calendar for both of your boys. It's really special that the whole family was involved in the making. I'm sure it will be cherished for years to come. Your holiday spirit is an inspiration.

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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2011 10:14:55 AM »

I think your calendar is a wonderful way for your entire family to remember your son.  Thank you so much for sharing Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2011 02:23:53 PM »

This is such a sweet tribute, having those little mementos will always mean so much to your older son and those he shares it with.  Thank you for posting this beautiful idea.  Best wishes to your family.
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2011 08:17:42 AM »

What a beautiful way to honor your son and keep him in your hearts.
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2012 11:42:28 PM »

I think this is wonderful.

I am so sorry about your son. So sorry.

I lost a son, too, in 2003, and being creative helped us, too. My husband and I made a collage together, of his life, and then my art group made  a quilt book in memorial of him, and everyone in our lives collaborated on it. To this day our second son loves pulling it out and going through it with us, and talking about his brother.

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