Advent Calendar. In Australia, it is popular to buy cardboard Advent calendars from the shops filled with a piece of chocolate or sweet for each day leading up to Christmas. Advent is a time of preparation, for the coming of Christmas. We used to buy Ashleigh one of those chocolate Advent calendars, but somehow I felt it was not ideal way to prepare our girls for Christmas. A few years ago, we bought a wooden Advent Calendar box from the Christmas stall at Ashleigh's school Spring Fair. I love the box. There are 24 little drawers/boxes representing the 24 days till Christmas Day, although Advent usually starts before 1 December. This year, I am much more organised and have prepared the boxes. Each box contains something varying from lollies, chocolates or little tasks the girls can do in preparation. I know I should not place any lollies or chocolates, but there must be some incentives for the girls. I can't wait to see Ashleigh and Caitlin's faces when they open the little drawers.