I love advent calendars and have such happy memories of opening that little door and seeing some wee little wreath or elf in the window. With my kids, we have always done the advent calendar from Playmobil. Every day you open a box that has a little Playmobil figurine inside and you place it in a cardboard Christmas triptych so that at the end of twenty four days you have a complete Christmas scene.
We also do a Christmas picture book advent. Each night the kids take turns picking a Christmas story to read, of course saving The Night Before Christmas for our last story. I have put up our list of Christmas books here for you to see. These books are stored away until Christmas time so when we bring them out it's like seeing
old friends again.