Can you believe it, this Friday marks December 1! It also starts the first day of the Advent Calendar! As a kid I always had the chocolate candy filled Advent Calendars. Peeling back that perforated door for a piece of candy was a highlight of my holiday season.
Did you know that the first Advent Calendars were used by German Lutherans in the 19th and 20th Centuries, but are now ubiquitous among groups of all faiths and beliefs.
This year as part of my family’s holiday season celebration I decided to create an “Activity Advent Calendar” instead of a "treat" calendar (although, I do like treats too!). I brainstormed 25 activities that could be done in the evening/weekend for 25 days of December. They range from the super simple activities like “Eat dinner by the light of the Christmas Tree” or “Drink Hot Cocoa for dessert” to things like “Take a walk/drive around the neighborhood to look at Christmas Lights” or “Take 2 books to the free library at the park”.
I gathered inspiration for our activities by perusing Pinterest. Here are some of my favorite lists (click on the image to see it larger).
Since this is the first year of doing an Advent Calendar I went with simple little numbered sacks that I bought post-Christmas last year. I hung them with some washi tape and ribbon on a large mirror we have in our entry way.
However, I am soaking up some major inspiration for our Advent Calendar 2.0! I mean, just look at these gorgeous examples!
How do you celebrate the holiday season? Have you made an Avent Calendar? Will you be keeping a December Daily/Memory Album? Reminder: there is still time to sign up for the Daily Memory Album for December with Brandi workshop tomorrow evening. Details and registration link are here!
Did you know today was National Drawing Day? If that isn't an excuse to spend an hour or two getting creative, I don't know what is! According to the website Days of the Year, National Drawing Day is "dedicated to the artist inside of us and encouraging it to come out". That is definitely a holiday Palette & Paper can get behind!
Speaking of drawing, we have the new Prima Marketing Graphite Sticks, that are water-soluble, in stock! With these Graphite Sticks, get ready to create amazing effects with the versatile sticks! Use them for mixed media projects, watercoloring and sketching. The package includes six sticks that each have a different degree of softness and smudgability 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B, 10B and 12B. The monochromatic looks are stunning or use them in addition to other colored mediums.
Just look at some of the gorgeous creations that can be made using these Graphite Sticks.
Since May is the month of flowers, I thought I would share some flower drawing tutorials to help you celebrate today.
We hope you find the time to celebrate National Drawing Day today or sometime this week (tomorrow evening's Open Studio would be a great time to draw)! See you around P&P soon.
Palette & Paper's blog is written by creative team member, Kimberly.
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