Having not had reason to buy one since Zack and Defee were in high school, yes high school, I waited too late to order an Advent calendar for my two young granddaughters this year, but recently ordered some from Germany so that I'll be ready by next December. And I confess ordering one for myself, too.
Here's the one I ordered, one for me and one for my daughter because we're both kids at heart when it comes to Christmas. The Eisenhower family had one just like it. That fact won't mean much to her but to me, old enough to remember seeing him inaugurated, it was enough to make me choose this one, to peek behind the windows that the Ike Eisenhower family peeked behind.
This is another one the company makes, but it's not the one for our granddaughters as that should be a surprise next year.
Aren't they lovely? Here's a link to the company in case you want to look.
Below is an excerpt from James Salter's Light Years describing an Advent calendar that the husband Viri makes for his children. Viri's Advent calendar must be exquisite, just as Salter's prose is.
"He had made a whole city, the sky dark as velvet cushions, stars cut with a razor blade, smoke rising from chimneys and vanishing in the night, a city that was a compendium of hidden courtyards, balconies, eaves.
"It was a city like Bath, Prague, a city glimpsed through a keyhole, streets that had stairways, domes like the sun.
"Every window opened, so it seemed, and within was a picture. Nedra had given him an envelopeful, but there were others he had found himself. Some were actual rooms.
"There were animals sitting in chairs, birds, canal boats, moles and foxes, insects; Botticelli's.
"Each one was put carefully in place and in secret--the children were not allowed to come near--and the elaborate facade of the city glued over it.
"There were details that only Franca and Danny would recognize--the names on street signs, curtains on certain windows, the number on a house. It was their life he was constructing, with its unique carapace, its paths, delights, a life of muted colors, of logic, surprise.
"One entered it as one enters a foreign country; it was strange, bewildering, there were things one instantly loved."
Viri and Nedra were not always so charming, but I wanted them to be.