We don't celebrate the religious side of Advent, but we do count down to Christmas with an Advent calendar every year. Most years we buy the calendars with little windows that open and you get a chocolate. One year I made a Calendar for Hilary, putting small gifts in numbered paper bags that I hung on our bedroom door. The year the Liam had surgery the week before and then again the week after Christmas, we filled mini gift bags with Hot Wheels and other small toys. Last year we splurged and got Liam a Playmobile Pirate Calendar.
This year I decided to make them again. But I really like having a little chocolate after dinner each night, and we don't need any more toys! Luckily, Laura Secord sells Advent Calendar Chocolate Refills! After a trip to the dollar store I was all set.
So let the countdown to Christmas begin!