These are the cookies as presented in the magazine.
This is what happened when I tried to bake them.
The other day, I saw these cookies on Pinterest and I was tempted to leave a comment about my experience with it, but I decided against it. There are some things people need to learn for themselves and anyway, the Pinterest crowd doesn't seem to be very interested in reality.
Pinterest is where I saw this Advent calendar.
I liked its clean red and white pallet. How hard could it be to paint a bunch of clothespins and glue them to a board?
For years I have wanted to make an Advent calendar. Upscale catalogs have nice ones but they're usually things you could make yourself with fabric or yarn scraps and it's ridiculous to pay $98 for twenty-four tiny mittens on a string at Garnet Hill.
I've tried to knit my own tiny mittens, and always got bored before finishing even the first one. This time I was determined to succeed. I found twenty-five clothespins and gave them to Seamus to paint while I went out to buy the rest of the materials. I did some calculations: twenty-five clothespins spaced three and a half inches apart meant I needed an eighty-seven inch board. That's more than seven feet. For some reason, the Pinterest photo had led me to believe that the Advent calendar would be small and manageable, you know, like the size of a photograph on pinterest. Now it appeared I was making the world's largest Advent calendar.
No doubt I amused the Lowe's shoppers who saw me attempting to scan the end of an eight food board at the self scanner and nearly take a guy out by the ankles. I also smacked it into the top of the doorway when leaving the store. At home, Seamus had painted ALL the clothespins red even though I had told him that we needed to paint half of them white. I will spare you all the painful details, but in the end, I didn't even have a wall long enough to hang it on and had to resort to the space over a doorway.
Jon was not happy with the hooks I bought to hang it with as he felt they would work themselves off of the nails and the calendar would fall on the unlucky head of someone walking through the doorway. I like excitement, but not that much excitement, and allowed him to improvise a way to hang the thing with leather thongs. Leather thongs don't exactly say Christmas, but neither does an Advent calendar that doubles as a guillotine.
The finished product. Not only is it long, it is heavy. See my left hand, straining to hold it up in this picture?
There aren't packages hanging from all the clothespins. That's because wrapping twenty-five tiny presents is HARD. Hanging them is hard too, when you've accidentally painted the clothespins shut. Don't worry, I got them all wrapped and hanging eventually. Note that the gifts are out of reach of the children.
After all that work, I read about how to make a clever Advent calendar from rolled-up pages from the Anthropologie catalog.