So I thought up a craft that would meet both needs. ~ Creating a tree ornament for each day during advent, recognising the saints feast days, though I do alter slightly towards the end. Once the 'O Antiphons' come along (17th to the 23rd) I swap over to the O Antiphons as there are quite a few obscure saints right to the end and even though we will use our O Antiphon pointsettia wreath it will still be nice to have the O Antiphons represented on the Christmas tree.
At the very end (24th) my Sts Adam and Eve ornament that goes up Christmas Eve, their feast day.
Each ornament has a picture of the saint of the day and the letter that their name begins with.
I have just realised that I didn't make a Christmas Day ornament using the letter 'C' ! I'll make that soon and add it back into this posting at a later date. Though I have found the picture I will use (see below) it is a beautiful painting with Mary and Joseph presenting the Child Jesus to the shepherds, it is surrounded by the blackness of night..so I'll paint the 'C' black and fill it with lots of silver stars, with one big silver or gold star!
MDF Alphabet cutouts (Spotlight and Bunnings sell these in Australia) ~ you can choose this larger size OR you could go for the smaller ones if space and and money are a bit more pressing, they will still look lovely small.
1st of December ~ St Edmund Campion. The decorations on this cutout are not symbolic,.
2nd of December ~ St Bibiana. St Bibiana was an early christian martyr, so we used gold and red 'palm-like' cutouts to decorate the alphabet, representing her martyrdom.
5th of December ~ St John the Wonder Worker. This one we decorated with no symbolic meaning in mind.
6th of December ~ St Nicholas. We decorated more with colour in mind than anything else with this cutout.
11th of December ~ St Damacus I. In this image of St Damacus he is surrounded by angels and so we used angels and stars on the cutout as well.
13th of December ~ St Lucy. Well, wouldn't you know it! I had little christmas candles in my christmas miscellaneous mix! So candles and stars it was.
14th of December ~ St John of God. We placed two red palm-like cutouts together to make a heart as the main feature on the 'J' as St John is the patron of heart patients, the rest was decorated randomly.
15th of December ~ St Nino. In this icon image there features an angel, so we decorated the 'N' with angels as well.
I will do a separate posting of the 'O Antiphons' which start on the 17th of December and continue through until the 23rd. (These are now completed, and my posting is here.)
All that needs to be done now is a hole punch in each ornament, to enable some gold thread to feed through for hanging.
Not all are going to be hole-punched ~ with Our Lady of Guadalupe and St Damacus I, have their alphabet cutouts positioned so they peep just over the top of the laminated cardboard, so I can feed the gold thread through.