I’ve never liked advent calendars as much as I do this year. Part of it is probably that I made a big one myself (you can see it here), but it’s also because I’m seeing people raise the bar significantly when it comes to the Christmas countdown. Long gone are the days of the simple boxes with chocolate behind the door. It’s all about the advent bling! One great example is pictured above – a matchbox calendar by Charlene from eWillow.com. If you haven’t been to her site, she is a brilliant whiz with paper. This calendar is no exception. Charlene has provided all of the templates and tutorials here; if you want one zippity-doo you can also order one from her.