I love Advent Calendars and have posted about some fun ones I had in the past, like these cheese ones (here and here) and this Avengers one (here).
But this year, I'm doing something different with the tradition --
I first read about Reverse Advent Calendars on the internet a few years ago. I thought it was a very cool idea -- an appropriate way to switch up ye olde countdown tradition from "receiving mode" to "giving mode" instead.
So this year, I'm finally getting around to doing a Reverse Advent Calendar myself. Every day from December 1st to 25th, I'll put aside a non-perishable food item and then, after Christmas, donate them all to the Edmonton Food Bank.
Here's my Reverse Advent Calendar setup --
As you can see, it has a festive theme! The great Xmas gnome tote bag given to me by blogging buddy Shirley sits atop the cute honeybee-gnome tea towel which was a gift from another blogging buddy, Ol'Buzzard and his lovely wife. My gay Yuletide gnomes, Fearsome the Fierce and Hengist the Hairy, are supervising the whole operation. Their baby, Wulfbane the Wee, is tasked with changing the daily date on the Christmassy perpetual calendar beside him.
So, in addition to benefitting a worthy charity, every gnome residing with me now has a special seasonal job to do and will be kept out of mischief for the entire month of December! BONUS!