Whether you have little people under your roof or not, advent calendars are something that can be enjoyed at any age, because having a snowman-shaped chocolate every day, or opening the advent window to see a sweet, festive picture, is something that will make any December day that bit happier.

Sometimes we buy ours from the shops, but this year, we’re going to try to put some time aside this weekend to make our own. It’s an activity that’s as fun as decorating the tree. It’s an opportunity to get crafty that artistic sorts and those less-so can get involved in. It’s something that, once made, can be brought out year after year, refilling the little windows with new ideas and thoughtful treats. It’s a way to make the advent calendar even more special still.