We have two Advent calendars that have become beloved in our family, though. The first is one that hangs on the wall, and was given to me and Jerry shortly after we were married by Jerry's parents. I thought it was funny at the time because it is clearly for children, but we hung it every year, and faithfully put the pieces out one per day until the full nativity scene was completed by adding baby Jesus to the manger on Christmas morning.
The Advent calendar as it looks before Advent begins. Aaron grabbed it and put it up as soon as he saw it in the box, so clearly the children love it as much as we do!
I put a bunch of the pieces on so you could get the idea. I even put baby Jesus in the manger... ::gasp!::
These days, the pieces don't go up one a day with all the characters going in the proper places. The kids love to put them up and take them down and don't really use this one to actually count down the days until Christmas. I even find donkeys in the sky and fallen stars on the ground at times, but it's okay. They have lots of fun with it!
The newer tradition that has taken over as our family favorite is this wooden house that my parents gave us three years ago.
Anyway, that's how we do Advent at our house. How is it at your house?