Do you use an advent calendar? We have in the past, but it's usually been just a means of counting the days down until Christmas. It's been a way to alleviate the daily "How many days until Christmas?" question. This year is no different in that regard. All of the kids have been asking for a week already. Brice asks everyday if "Grandpa" is coming (that's what he calls Santa).
But this year is different too. This year, instead of just counting the days until we get stuff, we are opening our advent calendar boxes to find a task of giving to others. Others may include family members, friends, or strangers. The kids came up with the list and I distributed them among the boxes. Our plan each day, here, is to reveal the day's task and report on the kids' choices to fulfill the previous task. We'll try to keep up with posts, but I promise we'll keep up with giving.