An Advent calendar is a special calendar used to count or celebrate the days in anticipation of Christmas. Since the date of the first Sunday of Advent varies, falling between November 27 and December 3 inclusive, the Advent calendar usually begins on December 1, although many include the previous few days that are part of the season. The Advent calendar was first used by German Lutherans in the 19th and 20th centuries but is now ubiquitous among adherents of many Christian denominations. Wikipedia
Years ago, when my children were little, I made an Advent Calendar for them which we have continued to use every year. I made it from a shadow box frame I found at Ikea. I will confess it took me several years to make the calendar after I purchased the frame. I constructed little boxes from chipboard to fit into the compartments and decorated them with pictures from Christmas cards I had saved (more on Christmas card uses in future posts). I even hand stamped numbers onto little squares of card stock to make knobs.
They would take turns opening the boxes. This year since the oldest is at college, the youngest gets to open the boxes until the oldest gets home. I am sending a picture to the oldest of what is in there for her to get when she comes home. Not quite the same but we are making it work.
Have a fun day!