Growing up we had an advent calendar every year. They never had chocolate in them, but I loved the outside drawings and the sweet little pictures inside.
I looked forward to going down and opening the little window for each day in December every year. Why? I have no idea - but I guess that doesn't really matter. I appreciate the simplicity of joy a little more these days.
Over the years I've managed, most the time to remember to purchase a couple for the kids in November since it all starts in December.
Last year, though, I shopped too late and there weren't any nice ones. And then the kids begged me to make some for them. So I winged it, made two calendars, and learned a bunch - and they were pretty successful!
So I think I've started a tradition and over the Thanksgiving Holiday I whipped up a couple in time for December to start this coming Saturday.
While the outsides aren't super compelling as art pieces, I had a ball with the little drawings inside.
I really worked the red and green theme - it was most entertaining...
At some point I'll post a tutorial on how I did these - it's pretty easy - and then you can make your own special advent calendars. Although you could just wing it and do that anyway, right? Happy December!