Candy-filled calendars in Germanyistock/lsannes
The only thing better than a countdown to Christmas is a chocolate-filled one. In Germany, children receive calendars (often made of cardboard) filled with 24 squares decorated with festive drawings. Starting on December 1, they peel one open each day and gobble up the piece of chocolate hiding behind the flap. Buy one online or try making your own version–like these simple DIY advent calendars.
Spruce up the house like in JamaicaiStock/Geber86
Forget spring cleaning, Jamaicans get in the holiday spirit by doing a bit of winter cleaning (sans the ice and snow). Many families give their homes a fresh coat of paint, trim the hedges, or hang new curtains before decking it out. This Christmas, give your house a mini makeover before hanging lights or decorating the tree—a top-to-bottom vacuum, freshly laundered drapes, and shiny floors might make the season even more enjoyable! Here are housecleaning tricks you’ll wish you knew sooner.