Yesterday I posted about my husband's homecoming, and KnitXcore commented about advent calenders for this sort of occasion.
I winged it for my son (my daughter is still too small to get it). A few weeks ago we made this:
And yes, you ARE seeing a very poorly drawn Mac (from Cars), School Bus, and Tow Truck. As I wrote the numbers my son insisted I add those. Each morning we cross another number off and count up to it. It's not fancy, but I've been making little versions of this since I was a kid. I do so much better with a visual reminder of the days that have already passed.
It's far prettier, and next time my husband has to be away I'll be using the free printable + Paper Chain that they have generously provided over at Computer Is My Craft. You can see the feature on Tatertots&Jello here.