The first Advent calendars were based on 24 days with Christmas Eve as the last night to either put up a picture or take a candy. Today, the traditional German calendars still show 24 days, but in the United States, it's not uncommon to also find ones with 25 days -- the last opening to occur on Christmas Day. (http://collectibles.about.com/od/adventcalendars/a/Advent120101.htm )
My mom had made and advent calendar out of felt. It was a Christmas tree with little pockets at the bottom containing ornaments to decorate the tree.
My sister and I would fight over who got the last day (the 24th) because that was when you got to put the star at the top of the tree.
It was similar to this one;
I found so many different and fun advent calendars that I wanted to share, I had a hard time narrowing it down…..
There are some vintage ones;
Some that look old, vintage or shabby chic;
Some already made and some you can do yourself;
And of course don’t forget that miniature one for the dollhouse;
Just a little FYI…I got the original advent calendar that my mom made, and we put it up every year for my girls. My mom made another one for my sister and her boys, but I got the good star for the 24th day (*snicker*)