Reverse Advent Calendar…Sangria Style


1. Hunt down an empty wine box with dividers that holds 12 bottles.
[I’d bet 90% of you have one in the basement…just keeping it real!]

2. Crafty bitches can wrap the box, but it’s not mandatory. Leave the top open.

3. Number the divider slots from 1 to 12.

4. On December 1st, place your first donation into the Day 1 slot in the box. [start anytime, continue for 12 days]

5. Reward yourself for being selfless. Every time one item goes in the box, one goes down your throat. Because, Christmas. 🍷

6. On Day 2, pop your next item into the box. Repeat with wine.

7. Continue with one item every day until the 12 Days of Christmas is complete.

8. Drop box off at Val’s house BY DECEMBER 15:

  • 131 Signature Court SW, Calgary (Signal Hill)
  • Place on back deck if nobody’s home.

9. Give props to Julie Van Rosendaal, the brilliant creator of the Reverse Advent Calendar and Dinner With Julie. 

10. Turn a simple recyclable into an act of kindness. Pay it forward, give a damn, make a difference, feed your soul!

11. All boxes collected will benefit The Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre (a Mealshare charity partner.) For our peeps from out of town, donate your wine box to a homeless or women’s shelter in your community.

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  1. suzanne dennis

    BRILLIANT and of course, Sangria Sister — funny! (crafty bitches!!)

    I did the reverse calendar a la Julie, here in Edmonton at work, and collected a car full of donations!

    We have already started something else here this year I am calling CANS FOR CHRISTMAS, but I will def put the Sangria Sister Reverse Advent box idea in my ‘to be used’ files for next year!

    Love you guys!
    (still hoping we can meet in person when I’m in Calgary some time)
    till then

    • Sangria Sisters

      Awesome Suzanne! People like you validate what we do. We would love to get together, sisters meet sisters, anytime you’re in town. First one’s on us! ❤

  2. Bonnie

    Love this Sisters! ❤️

  3. Catherine

    Love it! You Sisters are so good at spreadin’ the good vibes around!

    • Sangria Sisters

      At this lovely stage of our lives, we can look for purpose in ways you can’t do with a young family. Kinda nice! Ironically, I just mentioned your name today, how we’d like to get together. And here you are!!

  4. Carla Noble

    We are in Val. I’ve reached out to Nikki’s coach and hope to get several families involved . Glen and I will drop off all boxes to you Friday Dec 15.

  5. Lesley

    What a fantastic idea!!! I am in and will spread the word!!!

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