Every year before Christmas we get the girls an advent calendar. It’s usually the cardboard type that has chocolates that pop out of the plastic casing after the little door is punched out. The funny thing is that I never really knew much about why we bought advent calendars except for the fact that we were counting down the days until Christmas, so I looked up the background behind advent calendars.
The first advent calendars came from the German Lutherans who physically counted down the 24 days of Advent, with a piece of chalk, starting on December 1.
The first known Advent calendar was handmade in 1851.
These days, advent calendars come in many shapes and sizes, with or without chocolate, traditional and very non traditional, religious and non religious.
Nonetheless it is a tradition for us to have an advent calender and it is also a tradition for the advent calendar to be cardboard, have chocolates and be purchased usually at the grocery store or at the drug store. This year was an exception because we purchased our advent calendar at a HUGE Christmas store called Bronner’s where you can also purchase everything Christmas that your heart desires online.
There are unique advent calendars and traditional advent calendars, but they all do the same thing…count the days until Christmas.
- Pottery Barn Advent calendar $149.00
- Hat and Mittens Advent Calendar $78
- Nativity Chocolate Advent Calendar $2.99
- Lego City Advent Calendar $29.99
Disclosure: We bought our own advent calendar. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone and are not influenced in any way by anyone.