Christmas is the season of giving, and brightening the lives of those around us. This holiday season let us give back to the community and make an advent calendar at the same time. Start off by covering a poster board with fabric of your choice. Next, customize envelopes and write numbers from one to the number of days remaining until the holiday. In each envelope, write a task your family can do to brighten someone’s day. In that same envelope, write an activity your family can do to spend more time together. Attach adhesive strips to the board, attach the strips on the envelope in random orders. Count backwards and open one envelope each day, remember the envelope numbered one will be the last envelope opened. With this DIY advent calendar, your family can spend time together while helping others in need. That’s the true holiday spirit!

– Harneet Dillon