I’ve never made an advent calendar before. Growing up in Asia, Christmas for me meant present and fancy Christmas dinner at a good restaurant (I loved the Christmas dinner because it always included a party hat!). But there was no white Christmas, no chimney for Santa to climb down to, no Christmas carol or over-the-board Christmas decorations. There was no traditions in my family to anticipate the arrival of Christmas.
Having a baby this year makes me want to create some family traditions to celebrate Christmas every year. One of the traditions I want to create is an advent calendar. Starting on the first day of December, there are twenty-four days of little surprises leading up to the day of Christmas. I can’t wait till my baby grows up and understands what it all means and to see his happy face every day when he opens up a box each day.
To make the advent calendar Christmas tree:
Step 1: Download the template for the triangle box and the numbers.
Step 2: Print and cut out 24 box templates.
Step 3: Score and fold along the lines.
Step 4: Glue the tabs together to form a box.
Step 5: Print out the number template and cut out of the numbers. Glue the number on the boxes.
Step 6: Arrange the boxes to form the shape of a Christmas tree and stick them on the wall.
Photos taken by Vean Chen