I don't have an advent calendar this year. Note to self, make one for next time. I am however, doing a Countdown to Christmas with my church from back home, where each day you get something to think and pray about and also donate a little bit of money as a way of counting your blessings. I think this is a lovely idea although expensive as on the 1st, you had to donate 10p for every cookbook you own. And I suppose as I light candles each night during advent, and do JYC, I am counting down in my own way.
So I journalled about getting advent calendars from Nanny when I was younger. They always had Christian themes - you'd get a picture from the Nativity story and a Bible verse that would unroll as the days passed. But she also used to give me a packet of milky way Magic Stars so that I wouldn't miss out on having a chocolate each morning! I really think she was onto a winner there as a packet of Magic Stars often had 30+ stars which meant you got loads of extras as opposed to the measly 25 in commercial calendars!
I've been playing with photography for this picture and also acrylic painted the edge of my page. Instant snow effect!
P.S. This brings me up to date with JYC. Loving this project!