I love advent calendars. The wonderful way to mark each step in the preparation of this joyful holiday. Growing up we have a paper one with the religious Christmas story and sometimes ones with little chocolates in the molded plastic tray. My sisters and I each had a "Days Til Christmas". Each night we would untie a bow until the Christmas Eve.
The poem reads:
"Days Til Christmas"
Each night, after prayers
have been said,
Untie one bow,
then into bed.
Then St. Nicholas comes
you can tell,
It's the night that
you come to the bell.
This is their favorite - the dead snowman.
This year my sister K3, the queen of paper crafting, made this wonderful advent calendar using Stampin' Up.
Each little door has either a dark chocolate kiss or peanut butter bell. Advent is so much better than Lent - chocolate is practically required. :)
Preparing for Christmas can be hectic, but an advent calender reminds you a little bit each day and you'll be ready.