The time leading up to Christmas is almost as much if not more fun than Christmas day itself. I love counting down the days as you can tell by my 12 days of Christmas books and 12 Handmade Days of Christmas. I also got the chance to try out the Silhouette Advent calendar this year. There is something about those (mostly) neat little rows of packages all tied up with a bow that sparks the excitement of Christmas time! Since we are already doing quite a few things to count down the days, I decided to fill these ones with little notes for the kids. Some notes say things like “stay up 15 minutes late tonight” or “say hi to someone you don’t know today”. Simple little things that I hope will make this Christmas magical for my kids. If you want to see how all the other designers on the Silhouette team designed their advent calendars for 2013, you can go HERE to take a look!