Growing up, we had a paper advent calendar with the image of a nativity scene. Each day leading up to Christmas, I would open the appropriately-numbered door to reveal that day's image of a barn animal or gift for Baby Jesus and I knew Christmas was one day closer. I remember that being very exciting when I was younger. A few years ago, I decided it would be a fun tradition for me and Rob to hang an advent calendar and found one that I love at Garnet Hill. We choose odd or even days and give each other a small treat or gift every-other-day. It is a great way to make each other's day a bit brighter!
This post would have been helpful in mid-November but clearly I dropped the ball - perhaps for Christmas 2012? Each of these calendars has a pocket or box where you can hide a treat!
#1 - Hats & Mittens from Garnet Hill #2 - Mini-Felt Stockings from Garnet Hill #3 - Telluride Advent Calendar from Pottery Barn Kids #4 - Printed Pouches Advent Calendar from Terrain #5 - Vintage Style Box Calendar from Etsy #6 - Holiday Angel Advent Calendar from Sundance #7 - Marimekko Isola's Advent Calendar from Crate & Barrel
All images credit to the sources listed.