It’s officially Christmas season! Bring on the eggnog, nutmeg, fruit cakes, and the decking of the halls with boughs of holly and the fa-la-la-la-la. Best of all, bring on the countdown! And, no, I’m not referring to the countdown to New Year’s Eve; I’m referring to the delicious countdown to Christmas! I am, of course, referring to advent calendars in all their delicious glory.

Now you could buy an advent calendar — many people do. But if you were to make your own, you could reuse or recycle something and cut down on waste. You’d be doing your bit for the planet in one more eco-friendly way. Every year, at Christmas, waste levels rise by over 30%. People are ditching packaging, wrapping paper, and all the Christmas trappings, and the planet is suffering.

Another upside to making your own advent calendar is that you can put your favorite chocolates or candies in the calendar; you may like milk chocolate, or you may have a favorite brand. Well, the sky’s the limit as far as treats are concerned. Or you could make a tea advent calendar with tea bags. I did that one Christmas and it was a blast.

Anyway, without further ado, let’s get onto the advent calendars!

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