I asked for December 1 in the Virtual Advent Tour so that I could tell you about something very wonderful on the internet that you can get today! Do you know about Jacquie Lawson email cards? If not, you may visit here. I first heard about the site when two friends sent us the same Christmas card (nearly 20 years ago!). I was totally wowed, and truly still am. It is quintessential England to many of us in the US. You may see it here. If you have trouble seeing it, that may be because until recently the cards depended on Flash. You can make it work by following the pop-up directions for your browser.
For many years now the site has offered an Advent calendar. This year's is here. You do not have to be a member to get the calendar. It is a wonderful way to mark the days coming up to Christmas.
Once you buy the calendar (this year it is $4.99), you have it forever. Ours are stored in our Applications folder. We have many years of Jacquie Lawson calendars there, and over the past couple years, Hazel Nina has enjoyed them tremendously. She even knows how to open the folder and find the calendars, even though she doesn't read yet. We've spent many hours with her on our laps, and now she sits by herself, having so much fun.
The one below is is a special amusement that we bought from the JL site. It's all about a circus. Not sure if it is still available, but there are others like an English garden that you can buy.
After all these years of playing with the past Advent calendars which were all completed, I don't think she would much enjoy the actual day by day opening of one window during Advent! But Tom and I dearly love these annual calendars, and I think you will, too!