According to Christianity.com writer and missionary, Kristi Walker, “An Advent calendar is a special calendar used to count down to December 25: The celebration of the Birth of Jesus. The Advent calendar tradition evidently dates back to the 1850s and typically includes 24 doors or boxes to open, one for every day in December leading up to Christmas Day.”
That’s fantastic information for context. The Christmas season is so full of meaning so it’s good to savor each day with respect and awe. Some calendars share scriptures or inspirational thoughts for each of the 24 boxes or doors.
I was recently gifted with an Advent calendar, and I must admit I had never had one or used one before. I received the secular variety. It had a winter theme, but I was happy with it. It really is the thought that counts, and at this age, (Nope, not telling!) I know what the season means. It’s just a thoughtful and fun idea, especially if your calendar gives you a new piece of candy every day.
That’s the kind I received. Yum! Yum!
In the states, you can find Advent Calendars in stores like Trader Joes, Walmart and Hallmark, but this is not just an American tradition. It’s a tradition that Christians enjoy all over the world in anticipation of celebrating the birth of Jesus! The first printed Advent Calendar was made in Germany.
Now, don’t think you have to buy a calendar at all; you can make one on your own. There are many varieties so take inspiration. But if you really want to know some of the best chocolate Advent calendars you can buy this year, see Town and Country Magazine’s article: The Best Chocolate Advent Calendars.