Tuesday, November 30, 2010

{advent socks}

It's that time of year again....
to get the advent socks up and ready for
December 1st!
these blue and grey socks were last years.....
I had such a hard time finding cute socks this year....

this is what I came up with....
everyday they are filled with a small treat....
I use a little chalkboard tag to keep track of the date
{thank you saskia for the little blackboard tag}
then after 24 days of treats...everyone gets the
socks to wear
Christmas Eve!


even though my miss molly is not here this year....
I still had to add her into the fun
{I actually mailed all her treats to England so she could play along}

tomorrow the fun begins

how do you countdown to Christmas?

xoxox

62 comments:

Clara said...

Very clever!

Cherry Blossoms said...

This is one of the cutest ideas ever! Love it!

myletterstoemily said...

how darling are those socks? our tradition is
quite mundane in comparison . . .

we make a giant paper chain of colored paper
and cut off a link each day. when the kids were
little, they thought it was so much fun, taking
turns.

now that they are 18, 20, 22, 24, and 26, they
still want me to do it.

praying for you sweet molly. we got our hailey
back!!!!

Pink Satin Sashes said...

I just love the blue and grey socks from last year and was wondering why you could not use them again , until you said you wear them!

All the pictures on the side bar are so me it is not even funny...it is so awesome to look at!

Laura Marcella said...

What a cute idea! I'll have to remember this one if I have kiddies some day.

I love fun socks!

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

I love me some gray...and those socks are adorable. I love that you sent Miss. Molly her gifts so she could play along...your an awesome momma!

Dawn said...

Oh adorable.
Yep...we count down but not quite so beautifully as you do:0
(I am glad you sent Molly her things...I was feeling sad for her- and you....What a wonderful mom you are. I want to hug you both!!!)

Have a last sweet November day!

The Garden Bell said...

Way to go, Mom. I know you will have made Molly's day. I don't really need to tell you just how I feel about those gray knit socks, Do I? I think you already know. Too cute to continue on, without getting overly sapp-ie....

Good Day Wishes,
Kate

Tracey @ My House of Giggles said...

I LOVE this idea, Koralee! So simple and cute! I love Christmas traditions :)

Tracey said...

Koralee this is so stinkin cute!!! I love it! I think the grey socks are a perfect choice :)) And I love your new profile pic too!

Hugs ~

:) T

Debby said...

Such a cute idea. It is hard when our loved ones are far away. I am getting ready to head to the airport and say goodbye to my adult children and 4 of my grandchildren. So hard, but so blessed to have them all in my life.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

I love love love L O V E this idea! Simple and sweet, these socks are the cutest, hanging happily and covered by those fluffy white balls. I think I'm going to copy this awesome idea {will use the same chalkboard tag ;)
You sooo inspire me, sweet friend, Much love to YOU. Make sure you take time to enjoy every cup of nice hot tea today, you will probably be able to doing this again by now? xxxx

Randi Troxell said...

cute cute!!!
i LOVE it!!!

BEAR's Mom said...

i love this idea
and the socks look tootsie-cozy :)
HUGS to Molly for me :)
and of course to you my sweet friend!
~victoria~

Not Just a Waitress said...

What an awesome idea!!
And I love that Molly doesn't have to feel left out as she is off on her adventures!! :)
I felt like Thanksgiving snuck up on me...and now here comes Christmas!!!
I wish you the most lovely of Christmas seasons. :)

Pinecone said...

I really love this idea...the socks are so cute. I really need to come up with some new traditions!
Ashlyn

Scrappy Girl said...

Very cute idea. I normally buy one of those generic countdowns with chocolate behind each number. I couldn't find it this year. We have done paper chains before. I have a large snowman that hangs on the door and you put a wooden star in the numbered pocket. I don't know what I will do this year. I better get thinkin'.

Merci-Notes said...

oH MY! i love your way of counting down. And those socks are CUTE...both styles.
MM you have me thinking :)

With Kindness,
mary

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Very cute! How sweet of you to send all the treats to Molly. :) We have an advent calendar gingerbread house with little doors. There will be a little piece of paper in each door that has an activity for my kids. Tomorrow's will be "hang candy canes on the tree".

Ashley said...

Lovely advent socks!! We countdown by making sweets...cupcakes, cookies, cakes!! Xoxoxo

i.ikeda said...

Oh, this is a great idea! It's too late for me to knit some for this year, but I might put it in out stockings. Thank you for the inspiration.

Blondie's Journal said...

This is a great idea! I love the cute socks!

XO,
Jane

Gloria said...

Oh!!! What an adorable idea! Love your pretty socks! This year my oldest daughter (Candice) bought a LEGO calendar as a combination birthday present for Dylan and Zoe (our grandchildren). Starting on Dec. 1st they will take turns opening the door, and building the surprise LEGO toy for that day. They are excited to start it! :)

Your snowman on your banner is SOOOO sweet. Love that with all of it's sparkles!! :)

Have a cozy, warm day my sweet friend! I am saying a prayer for you and Molly today. My heart goes out to you, I know what it is like having a beloved daughter far from home. ((((hugs)))) to you!
xoxo Gloria

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

It is so hard the first year they aren't home for all of the pre-holiday fun. Will she get to be home for Christmas?

I love the gray stockings. Gray is my "go to" color for relaxing. I always love gray sweats...gray socks...gray sweatshirts!

Vintage Tea Time said...

Great idea - love the grey socks - very Swedish! And how sweet to involve Molly like that - you're very thoughtful:)

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Of course you have an adorable sock idea with the cutest socks - you're such an inspiration Koralee!

pollydove said...

Those stockings are soooo darling!!! And what a great idea! I bet your girls just love it! (And congrats on all of your contributions in blogland lately! I am seeing your name everywhere and it is so much fun!) xoxo

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Absolutely great idea! So much better than the little chocolate 'treats' (that aren't treat-y at all!) in the commercial ones. Great socks!!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Simply charming! Love this idea...love the gray color of the socks with the white pompoms!
:)

Julie Harward said...

I remember your last years socks...and these are just darling too! :D

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Oh Koralee that is such a cute idea! Maybe I should do that, my little people would love it :)

Rizzi said...

I LOVE THAT IDEA, SO ADORABLE.
WE LIGHT THE ADVENT CANDLES, WE ALWAYS HAVE AN ADVENT CALENDAR, OPEN A LITTLE WINDOW EVERYDAY, SOMEDAYS YOU GOT CHOCOLATE, OR A TOY, OR EVEN MONEY. THE KIDS LOVE IT.
I DID IT WITH MY KIDS, AND NOW MY DAUGHTERS DO IT WITH THEIRS. THEY NEVER GET TO OLD FOR ADVENT. RIZZI

Rizzi said...

LOVE YOUR MR. SNOWMAN, HE IS SO FULL OF SPARKLES, HO HO HO!
RIZZI

It's me said...

Hi darling....lovely idea .....love the socks...love your new snowman banner......love it all here......love you Ria.....

*Ingrid* said...

Hello Koralee,I love your idea with the lovely socks......I think the sock of Molly is special this year!!!!enjoy your evening...

Martina said...

Koralee, i just love your idea with the socks! I might even copy it. My kids are big, but they still fancy a kalendar with treats. I used to make 24 little bags, but since 2 years am too lazy for that. The 4 socks might be the solution! Have a fun 1st of dez, xox

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

So Much Fun!!! I love, love, love the socks! Who wouldn't want a new pair of socks for Christmas Eve? Even boys would appreciate that. I want to copy your idea. I can't wait to see what else you come up with. :)
Joyce

Deb said...

I have a wooden advent calendar that has little doors and inside is just big enough for a small treat. Each door is numbered. Your socks are lovely and I think the whole idea is so fun and festive. I know my kids would enjoy the treat each day when they were small. I'm so glad you daughter that is far away can join in. She must just love that. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

Kathy Martin said...

Such a FUN idea! :)

Martha said...

Oh Koralee...you have the most beautiful, beautiful ideas!!! I absolutely love them:)
I'm making our advent calendar this evening
xo

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That's one lovely pair of socks I would love on my feet! Pretty!
I usually do the advent candles, but since we moved to Vegas, and got rid of the coffee table, I am skipping the candles this year! : (

Carousel Dreams said...

So sweet Koralee! I must go out and buy some treats to pop into my homemade advent calendar x

Sewn With Grace said...

I love your tradition! I have not heard of that before. You pick the cutest socks. I felt a pain in my heart when you said you have a sock up for your Molly even though she is not there, but how fun for her to get her treats in the mail! I put up my sons nutcracker collection with a big lump in my throat. We will get through this together, Koralee!

Brenda Kula said...

I count down by decorating, crafting, & decorating some more!
Brenda

EmilyRSPS said...

What a brilliant idea!

Maria said...

Hi Koralee...
You have the most tender and loving ideas ~ so inspiring ~
Your daughters have such a sweet example of not only motherhood but of heartfelt love ♥
Have a wonderful and Merry day tomorrow *
Happy * December
* * *
love,
Maria

Shabbygalsnest said...

Koralee what a great idea! Never heard of advent stockings! Yours are adorable of course I would not expect anything less from the queen of adorable! xxoo Traci

Bela said...

Lindas meias, Koralee!!!
Pretty socks, Koralee!!!
My treats to little Aila are hung on the Christmas tree. Chocolate Santa Claus!!! Every day she looks for one and we share it, as long as she is very young to devour one all by herself!!!
Be fine, sweet friend!! Bela.

erin said...

absatootly adorable!!! LOVE those pom poms on the cute socks!! i think i need those.........

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh KOralee, this is so fun, so gorgeous, so simple, but yet so PERFECT! HOW ARE YOU NOW TODAY DEAR ONE? These socks are magnificent and I so wish I had the time to countdown to Christmas, but I hardly have time to do much else other than work at the moment! BUT I AM SO ENJOYING SEEING EVERYONE'S WORLDS UNFOLD TO THE GRAND CELEBRATION OF THE YEAR!

Stay cozy and soon you shall have your cuppa tea dear heart! MUCH LOVE, ANita

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a darling idea!ANd pretty socks! I have stocking on the back of our kitchen chair. My kids love to find little treasures in them at breakfast time.
Yvonne

Dogwood said...

sweet. very sweet. what a cute idea. when my kids were younger much younger, we always had little calendars with chocolate pieces for each day. often the little kiddos were sneak candy ahead and end up off by days!!! oh well...i think they always thought i did not know!!! hehehe...

NicNacManiac said...

This is the most darling idea and I feel that I must borrow this from you.:):):). The socks are just too too cute!! We already have a little Snowman chalkboard that hangs by the front door that we count down with and of course the advent calendar with the chocolates that each child has as well as an advent wall hanging that has little felt bundles filled with candy!! I am going to start this lovely tradition as well....you are truly inspirational!!!
Happy December Pretty Lady xOxO Nerina

somepinkflowers said...

what a stellar idea!

i am over here
trying to figure out how
i can get you
to adopt me....


:-)


seriously...

{{ i am very good
at making beds
and washing up dishes, FYI }}

A Vintage Chic said...

What a warm and wonderful advent tradition, Koralee! I've never heard of doing this before & I love it!

Thank-you so much for the lovely cards--I just received them yesterday! Also appreciated your beautiful card. I always love seeing the handwriting of someone I've come to know only via blogging...a little more personal and sweet.

I hope you're having a wonderful night, my friend!

Julie

tales from an oc cottage said...

Now that is just too darn fun!!!

m ^..^

Marilyn said...

I love, love this idea. I don't have a tradition of marking the days, but this would be perfect.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

~Oh how cute~ let the fun begin!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dear, dear 100th visitor, AGAIN! Teeheee! AND YOUR PRIZE IS FINALLY GOING INTO THE POST TODAY!!! Do you know why it is so late? Everytime I come out of work, the post is CLOSED!!! But NO MEETINGS TODAY, NO CONFERENCES...so, as soon as my little munchkins that I adore are on the bus, SO AM I and off to the post! Sheesh, it's not like it is a HUGE thing, but I need to have the right amount of postage! Oh Koralee, I am so happy that you can have your tea time now, even if it is just warm....your tooth is gonna heal right up and back to business will you be! I am also so happy to be a part of your prayer circle, knowing that we are all connected. May you have a sweet day with YOUR students; I know that they must love you to pieces. What a blessing, n'est-ce pas?

GROSSES BISES MA CHÈRE! Anita

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

What adorable socks! I love the little pompoms. I bet you all look so lovely wearing them!

They're so sweet.

Purple Flowers said...

You have a very sweet blog. Love the striped socks!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Koralee,

Lovely sweet idea with the beautiful grey socks.
I used to make advent calenders for my children with a chocolate or sweet behind each door.
When my son was small I remember him nibbling at half the chocolate on some of them, even before the day.

Happy Day
Hugs
Carolyn