12 Days of Christmas Advent

Hi! Its me again - I guess I am feeling ambitious this season. Here I am with another idea. It came to me while driving my daughter to school last week. I was listening to an inspirational station on my radio and a listener called in to share a family tradition. She said that every year they do 12 days of Christmas where every day you open a gift and tell the person something you love or are thankful for about them. She did not elaborate as to when the 12 days started. Of course my husband and I had to google it and find out that the 12 days of Christmas technically begins on Christmas day. Well, I didn't like that idea. I love the idea of a countdown to Christmas - a shortened version of the advent calendar if you will. So then my thoughts moved to how to incorporate this idea into my decor. Numbers are so "in" right now so I loved the idea of having the numbers somewhere. I decided to put them on my favorite chippy French piece that I sort of treat like my mantle right now as we do not have a fireplace :(. At first I was thinking put little items in little bags. Well, my husband put a cobash on that - he said it was hard enough to find gifts and to worry that they will fit in a little bag - too difficult. So we came up with a system for our family of 3. We chose to put little scrolls in each box where we write what we are thankful about...cute mini scrolls