The Advent Calendar of Exchanges

What is the Advent Calendar of Exchanges?
A small personal container with 24 pockets that hold a wish (one for each day from December 1st to 24th) from your friends or family members.

A “facilitator” object to create connections between people.

A reason to stop for a moment and dedicate a thought, a word, an image to our loved ones.

A small daily ritual for giving and receiving.
Here are the instructions on how to make one (followed by a short video with another possible constructive process).

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Join two A3 sheets (42 X 30 cm or larger ones) with adhesive tape along the shorter side, leaving a millimeter of space between them.

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Fold in half horizontally (with the adhesive tape on the outside).

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Fold down one of the two halves of the sheet of paper, up to about a centimeter of space from the edge. Turn it upside down and do the same on the other side (with the other half of the sheet).

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Fold the ends inwards, making them matching in the center.

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Now fold both the upper (right and left) strips in three equal overlapping parts, outwards.

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In case it was easier, here is a video with instructions of a similar process, but beware! In the video I used only one A3 sized sheet: after folding it, you will need to join other three folded sheets in order to get 24 pockets. Anyhow do not worry, you will understand while doing.


In case it was easier, here is a video with instructions of a similar process, but beware! In the video I used only one A3 sized sheet: after folding it, you will need to join other three folded sheets in order to get 24 pockets. Anyhow do not worry, you will understand while doing.

Each “pocket” corresponds to one day (from December 1st to 24th) : write or paste the numbers of the days on the pockets, starting from the side of the “cover” (from 1 up to 14); then go on the other side, from 16 to 24.

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Creating the wishing cards is the fun, creative part: they can be made with words, drawings, photos, poems, colors, collages … Insert your wishes in the calendar of your loved ones, who in turn will put theirs in your pockets. Finally, use a ribbon or elastic to close the folded structure.

The Advent calendar of exchanges can also be a beautiful idea for a classroom, where kids will give and receive wishes from each other.

Enjoy and a good Advent to you all!

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