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November 26, 2012 4:56 PM

Christmas countdown: Be creative with advent calendar surprises

I have funny and somewhat inaccurate -- according to my mom and sister -- memories of my family's adventures with advent calendars. Every November, my mom would buy a new advent calendar for my sister and me to countdown the days until Christmas. Each morning, starting on Dec. 1, we'd stare at the calendar until we found the number that matched that day's date and open that "window." Inside the window we'd find a biblical verse, an inspirational message, a piece of candy or a cute Christmas image.

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