I was given my first Advent calendar while I was an exchange student in Germany. I loved opening the numbered cardboard door to get a chocolate every day until Christmas. I wish advent calendars had been a part of my Christmas celebration as a child. So I wanted to share them with my nephews; and, some years, I have managed to find cardboard calendars for them. But, I wanted to make them something that would become a permanent part of their Christmas memories.
Jeff and I worked to make the Advent calendar and shadowbox. It was especially nice to work with Jeff – I told him I wanted a wooden box that would hold the numbered jars and rotate on a lazy-susan. He designed a wonderful shadowbox. And, from the reports that I am getting, I think my nephews are enjoying the treats that are stuffed in the jars.