‘Tis the season for holiday decorating, letters to Santa and Advent calendars! There are so many ways to celebrate this season of joy and anticipation, and local gals Anneli and Ilse take countdown calendars a step further with their local company, So Many Days ™, bringing the gift of celebration to not only local kiddos, but to families across the world. Read on to learn more about these creative, globally-conscience and caring women, and their company, So Many Days ™!
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Remember when you were a young child and it took forever for your birthday to arrive? “How many days until my birthday?!” “How many days to our trip?!” Often we hear these questions and, instead of slowing down to share in the dizzying excitement, as busy parents we stressfully add one more item to our to-do list. Yet afterwards, we look back wistfully and wish we could have somehow made it all last a little longer…
These very thoughts came to mind as Anneli put away her Advent calendar one year. Thoughts about how fun it would be if we could celebrate the anticipation of other memorable moments in our lives in a similar way. So she called her good friend Ilse.
Born and raised in South Africa, both Anneli and Ilse have witnessed firsthand the impact of poverty and hopelessness on families and communities. Also dealing with the daily hardships of having a severely disabled daughter and little friend, they decided to take the idea one step further, thinking, What if we could not only encourage families to take time celebrating memorable moments, but also give hope and help improve the lives of struggling families around the world at the same time?
… And So Many Days ™ was born.
The first So Many Days TM Countdown Calendars feature a colorful package with six numbered doors. While similar to an Advent calendar, this calendar is not holiday specific but rather creates excitement around any Big Day.
Behind each door children find small and unique keepsakes, many of them handcrafted and fairly traded. Imagine finding a zipper buddy for your backpack, an adorable fabric doll, a notebook made of elephant dung paper, a beaded ring or a woven bookmark, created in places like Africa, South America and Asia!
These treasures are tokens of the creativity and endurance of the human spirit and they tell stories from other worlds behind the doors of our global village. Most items have a place of origin tag so families can further enhance their experience and go online to learn more about the organizations they are supporting. Packaging design, manufacturing and shrink-wrapping are done by local companies to support disabled communities and businesses in Seattle.
This gift is therefore not only to one child, but also to many people around the world. Think of it as a gift with purpose; a gift with life.
So Many Days TM is built around the foundation of opening doors; towards the celebration and pleasure of life’s special moments, towards an awareness of life beyond ourselves, and towards the opportunity of making a difference and offering hope for a better life to families struggling around the world.
The gals behind So Many Days ™ would love to extend a special offer to our Seattle LMB readers!! Make any purchase, and receive a FREE handmade item of your choice! (Check here for some ideas). At checkout, simply enter the promotion code SMD2013 (along with your item of choice) in the “note to seller” field.