each year for the past several, our family has been using this magical miniature advent which consists of 25 walnut shells holding treasures hanging in your home. a simple cloth can be the backdrop, or nature table style with moss, rocks and wood...it's fun for little people to help set it up.
each walnut shell holds a wee something that begins to create the nativity scene and honors the mineral, plant, animal and human kingdoms throughout the four weeks. it's so sweet to see the joy in opening something as simple as a crystal or a miniature beeswax candle...and eagerly putting together the nativity as it unfolds. december 24th is a walnut shell full of straw, the manger awaiting the teeny christchild on christmas morning.
this simple and natural way to mark the lead up to christmas has been the highlight of our decembers and over the past few weeks i have been sitting by the fire late at night making tiny wise men, shepherds and other finger-numbing items in order to offer some of these advents for sale this year.pictured is a little scene i set with all of the advent items - and the red velvet calender hanging with all of the walnuts still attached. each day beginnig at the bottom and remove a walnut to find the treasure. the empty walnut shells can form a ring around your scene. in following years the advent may be put back together simply with hot-glue reattaching the walnuts (a list with instructions is included!)
$75 + actual shipping (i am happy to ship overseas...although due to the nut/plant factor they may not make it through customs to aus/nz...not sure about elsewhere)
to purchase an advent leave your email address and zip code in a comment below and i will send you a paypal invoice.
i'll edit this post if/when the advents sell out - cheers!