Did you have advent calendars growing up? I got one every year, and I hope I'll have one every year for all my years.
Every day, I looked forward to opening the little door to discover a reindeer or stocking-shaped piece of chocolate that tasted vaguely of cardboard, but no matter. This really gets you in the holiday spirit for the whole month.
My mom called me a few days ago, right before my parents' big vacation to Hawaii. "Oh, I meant to tell you," she said. "I bought advent calendars for you guys, but then I forgot to give them to you and since I won't see you for awhile, I gave them to the neighborhood kids."
Well, shoot. I love stories where people tell me about the gifts they got me and then subsequently gave away. I guess the kids in the neighborhood were happy, but this 27-year-old needs an advent calendar, dangit!
I had to buy my own at CVS yesterday. Right in the nick of time!