Friday, 23 December 2011

Advent Calendar Day 23

Can you believe it's the night before the night before Christmas?  I can't!

For day 23 of the Advent Calendar I thought I'd show you my advent calendar.
I started this a few years ago now but this year I managed to complete all 25 little pieces.  
Next year I will finish the actual calendar so we can hang it for Christmas 2012.
The Calendar itself is on 28ct ivory jobelan.  The daily pieces are on 14ct plastic canvas.

Dimensions Advent Calendar
14ct plastic canvas.

We've been a bit behind schedule for Christmas at our house but we finally got some decorations up yesterday.

Our Christmas Shelf

The kids set this up.  Most of these ornaments have special significance to at least one of us.  The tree up top was a present from one of my students as are the two angels in the centre.  The snow globes belong to Jacob and Lily and Santa leaves them each a new one on the shelf each Christmas.  There's a Santa driving a golf buggy - top right corner - he was my MIL's, she's been gone four and a half years this Christmas and we still haven't got used to her not being around for Christmas.  The snowmen on the left were carved by a very talented lady - Kelly - from the cross stitch forum.  


Our Tree

Sadly, we've never had a real tree.  I'd love one but they're just so darn expensive that it's much better for our pockets to spend money on other stuff rather than a real tree.  Even so, our real fake tree is special to us.  The first Christmas after we got married, we had no money - lol, nothing's changed, we never have money at Christmas, it's the nature of both our jobs.  No teaching, no income - but I was determined we were going to decorate anyway.  Well, this is our 11th Christmas and the tree has certainly given us our money's worth.  Again, we have a bunch of ornaments that are special to us as well as some that are just "pretty little space fillers".  Yes, that's a train running round the base - We all love Thomas the Tank Engine so I bought a Christmas Thomas set which has a carriage that plays jingle bells!   


For us Christmas in Australia is all pretty laid back and casual.  We usually alternate Christmas one in Australia and then one in New Zealand.  This year, we're staying in Australia. Tomorrow night, Christmas Eve, we'll go for a drive to look at the lights.  When the kids go to bed, Luke (oldest Stepson) will run outside to shake the sleigh bells - the kids get into bed like lightening 'cause I tell them Santa's flying over on his way to New Zealand to visit their cousins and will be back to us very soon!  I'm sure they'll be up early to see what Santa has brought them.  We'll have pancakes, maple syrup, bacon, bananas and fresh orange juice for breakfast.  Then we'll open pressies under the tree.  We'll try to make it to church.  Lunch this year is only us, so we're having home made garlic prawn pizza and lots of fresh salad.  Dinner we'll be joined by friends for cold roast chicken, turkey and pork, again with lots of fresh salad.  

We all love Christmas Carols and we listen to them at every given opportunity

My Best Friend knows me very well :)  She posted me this clip on Facebook a couple of days ago.
Oh Holy Night is my favourite Carol and men singing amazing harmonies just reduce me to mush.  So, first of all, this raised all the hair on my arms and then had me in floods of tears... 

Please enjoy Straight No Chaser's rendition of Oh Holy Night.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.  I feel very blessed to have met so many new stitchy friends this year.  Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope to get to know more of you in the coming year.

I wish you all joy, peace, prosperity and God's richest blessing for you and your families for 2012.

Oh, and if you want to check out all the entries for the on-line calendar, hop over to Jo's blog to find the link for each day.

Much love



  1. hello dear, i love your advent calender so much..and the tree and decorations are looking so lovely too..
    wonderful post..
    merry christmas to you and your family..
    hugs cucki xx

  2. May God bless and keep you and your family in Australia and New Zealand this Christmas and through the new year.

  3. Thanks for posting.

    We spent a couple of Christmasses in the Far East when I was a child. It is most strange to look at the photos of us in sun dresses on Christmas Day! We always had a tree and stockings plus as much traditional dinner as we could find.

  4. What an adorable advent calendar!

    Have a Merry Christmas!

  5. Merry Christmas to you and yours. The advent calendar is wonderful I stitched a Joan Elliot one a couple years ago and was racing well into December finishing the little pillows but it's now a treasured decoration. Love how as you add decorations each year they add special memories, adds to the magic of Christmas!

  6. What lovely pieces for your advent calendar. Wishing you a Merry Christmas :)

  7. I just love Straight NO Chaser. Saw them last summer in concert. Two of the guys are from this area so it was a very special night. Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2012 :) - Hugs

  8. your advent calendar is so cute!! =)

  9. You have done such great work on your advent calendar....I have been searching for something like this to do for my family. Would you consider sharing/selling the pattern? Thank you!