the friday files

Last December, I had the best intentions of making an advent calendar. As a child growing up, I loved the ritual of being able to open a little door every morning in anticipation of the big day. It's a tradition I wanted to pass on to my own son and I thought it would be great if we had a permanent calendar we could pull out each year.  Well, last Christmas came and went and I never made the darned thing. This year I'm determined we will have it up and ready for December 1st which means this weekend I will be busy conceiving and designing my advent calendar. I have an idea in mind but I won't know until I go shopping for all the supplies how it will turn out.

With a bit of luck, I'll be showing you how it turned out in the next few weeks. In the meantime, check out all these 25 great advent calendar ideas that Jordan Ferney pulled together for Babble.

With holidays and entertaining in mind check out so me of these beautiful photos from the portfolio of Eric Piasecki.

All images Eric Piasecki