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« on: November 20, 2018 07:01:39 PM »


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During the holiday season we strive to do something meaningful each day that is directed toward others.  Our family has donated bags of clothes and other items to shelters many times, helped serve community dinners, and participated in numerous food drives.  We try to carry this givingness through the year.  We have a jar that contains RAK ideas to do each day.  Nice, but not holiday festive.
I have been wanting to make a meaningful Advent calendar, out of stash materials, that focuses on giving.  Some things cost nothing but can make a significant difference and have a huge impact.  Combining an advent calendar with donations sounds like the ticket.  These are a few themes I'd like to implement:

Instead of adding sugary treats to the numbered slots, instructions will be slipped inside with suggestions for items to donate that day: canned goods, toiletries, pet supplies, toys, crafted items, books
  
Another idea for each day is to focus on a specific charity, cause, or organization.  Delve into an endangered species; learn about a certain illness; find out what legislation is being enacted to support research; discover the location - local? national?; map out the shelters in your area; talk about what was learned.  Donate time,  money, talents; raise awareness by spreading the word.  

Yet another idea focuses on time.  Each numbered advent slot contains a note with a timed activity:  Read a book for 20 minutes; Talk to a relative on the phone for ten minutes (torture for teens); Do jumping jacks for one minute; Visit a nursing home for half an hour; Next time stay an hour.

Make people smile.  Open a door for someone; Brush the snow off of car windshields in a parking lot; Sing the last half of Bohemian Rhapsody while in line at the bank or store, making sure to raise up on your toes during the "for meeEEE" part (guaranteed to make folks smile and some will hum along); Find the grumpiest person and tell him/her how wonderful they are;  Thank the school cafeteria workers for a delicious meal; Thank a bus driver for a safe journey; Ask a veteran to tell his/her story

The advent calendar itself isn't made yet.  After this busy weekend I'll get started.  I am collecting toilet paper rolls to use for the numbered slots.  The rolls will be wrapped in wrapping paper or fabric and look awesome in my imagination.  We'll see how it turns out Smiley

Happy Holidays, however you celebrate!
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2018 05:15:13 AM »

What a sweet idea, I love it! I may borrow it for next year. We've been moving away from the extravagance many favour & focusing on other aspects of the season. This would work in very well with the new traditions we're building.
Looking forward to seeing what you make & how it goes for your family Smiley.
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2018 12:16:19 PM »

What a great idea! Keep us posted about how it goes.
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2018 12:45:13 PM »

Wow, I cannot wait to see this finished project!!  I LOVE this idea!
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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2018 05:06:26 AM »

I've been thinking about this a lot. Last year our auntie brought over one of those advent calendars with the little drawers. We have 3 kids so filling them with treats that rotate for each child only causes problems. I think a daily kindness would be just the thing. Maybe we could decorate dominos or some such and add the words, then put them randomly in the drawers. Whatever I decide, I'd better get started soon!
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2018 04:41:32 PM »

Thank you, ladies Smiley   I hope to get started on this soon.

clm, the dominos are a brilliant idea!
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2018 04:11:05 PM »

My original advent calendar made entirely from stash ("Stashvent") is finished and proudly displayed in the dining room.  I used toilet paper rolls, wrapping paper, tape, and clothesline rope.  Empty pill bottles fit inside the tubes and conceal some instructions, inspirational quotes, or treats.








Instead of numbering the tubes, we are using a clothespin to mark the spot where we left off.


I must admit, I love it!  Using tp rolls for a Christmas item might seem in poor taste but it has the adventage of being made from stash.   I am inspired to make a longer garland with tubes and paper.  The tubes are like huge paper beads.
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2018 05:56:06 PM »

Super! I am too far behind to even think of catching up this year but I've been contemplating next year lots and have ideas. This is wonderful Smiley.
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2018 03:43:15 AM »

Thanks clm.  Originally I planned to make something like this that hangs down a wall: http://xtremeteamduty.blogspot.com/2009/11/toilet-paper-roll-advent-calendar.html
but we have a dog with lots of curiosity.  The horizontal banner works for us.  Getting on a chair to retrieve the day's note isn't a big deal - the Teens are tall enough to reach up and scoop the container out.
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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2018 04:43:03 AM »

I love this idea and may just do it next year!  Great job!
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