I have always loved advent calendars. They are such a a charming way to count down the days to Christmas. There are so many cute variations out there, too. The Hats and Mittens Advent Calendar from Garnet Hill is my favorite this year.
The miniature knitted hats and mittens are just too sweet. I love the idea of tucking little gifts inside each "day." It's fun to think about what little surprises await!
I love that this version is a type of garland, too. Drape it across a mantle, piano (as shown below), a doorway, or even around your tree.
It is such a happy and colorful way to decorate while enjoying the holiday season!
image via Garnet Hill