One of our favorite traditions has always been to have Advent Calendars. We love that first day of December, when you can begin the official countdown to Christmas Day, by opening one door each morning on the calendar.
When I was a child, we had Advent Calendars with chocolate inside. My grandparents would send one for each of us kids, in the mail. I remember my joy and delight at how each chocolate was shaped like a Christmas toy, such as a drum, a sled, or a rocking horse. How we loved to see what we got each morning! It was such fun.
So now my children always get an Advent Calendar each December 1st. We have had candy calendars (although never quite as special as I remember mine being!), tiny toy calendars, Playmobile calendars (a favorite), and more.
But one year Grandma Pat gave us a very special Advent Calendar.One we can use over and over. It is made of wood, and has a box for each day, with a tiny handle. Each day when the girls open the little door, they find a tiny ornament. To make it even more wonderful, the scene at the top of the calendar is a manger scene, not a Santa scene. And each ornament is designed to create the story of Jesus' birth, day by day.
They carefully take out each day's ornament and hang it up in its place. We all love watching as the scene slowly takes shape, and we talk about the meaning of each ornament as we hang it.
I'm glad we have quite a few more days to enjoy it. Thank you Grandma!