Last year I made some stockings and use them as advent calender.
You do not quite get this countdown feeling, but it's very easy to put something into the socks each evening...
easier than making 5x24 (=120!!!) small packages!
This year I try to incooperate more activities.
So yesterday evening I put a piece of paper in each sock with the massage:
"Today we are going to bake christmas cookies".
Scince we have no traditional fireplace, I hanged the stockings in our entry.
This is what you see, entering our front door.
(The low winter sun makes it really difficult to take pictures)
Just that usually you have to stumble over at least 10 pair of shoes...