Usually, I’d be knee-deep in posting eggnog doughnut-muffin French toast by now, but this year, I’m doing something different: an Online Advent Calendar

Because I love Christmas, but I know a lot of people who have trouble getting into the spirit.

I blame “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”

So, every day, Dec. 1-25, I’ll be posting a daily Christmas challenge (no shopping required) and sharing ideas, movie clips, stories and whatever else I can find to try to brighten your day and get you into full-on, holly-jolly mode.

Here’s what NOT to expect:

  • A holiday gift guide. For those things are useless.
  • Tips on how to do anything perfectly. Too much pressure.
  • Cookie recipes. The Internet is on top of the Christmas cookie situation.
Each day’s post will appear on this site, but if you’d like to see the Advent calendar as a traditional one-page beauty, check out the one Jeff has created at ezrapoundcake.com/advent. (That’s a screenshot of it above.) See the unopened gifts? With each new day, that day’s gift box will lose the gold ribbon and change color. Then you can click it and go to that day’s post.

May our hearts grow so full of Christmas joy that we have to buy new bras.

See you at midnight!