My daughter Brittainy is twenty eight years old. When she was three it was hard for her to understand how long of a wait it would be before Christmas came. I was reading a magazine that year. I think it was Family Circle or Woman's day. In the magazine I saw the pattern for an advent calendar to help little one see just how long it would be until Christmas arrived. I found some scraps of material and made this.
Each night before bed Britt could hang a candy cane on the tree. I told her when all the candy canes were gone Santa would come. Some years I put little treats in the stockings. It was a great way for her to see how many days she needed to wait.
Tim has also used this since he was about three years old. This year I had plans to make another one so I could give this back to Britt to use with her children. I never got to it, but I will try to have a new one made for next year.