Growing up we always had the traditional Advent calendar. The ones I remember from my childhood days were nothing like the Advent Calendars of today. The ones I remember definitely had a Christian theme to them and the countdown to Christmas was more of a countdown to Baby Jesus’ birthday.
Ours were the simple ones, constructed of heavy paper or card stock, with little flaps that we opened each day to reveal a picture that had something to do with the story of the birth of Christ. When our boys were younger I had calendars that had a piece of candy behind the flaps. Of course they had to take turns if I neglected to get two calendars. I quickly learned.
Eventually I got a larger type of Advent calendar that allowed me to put larger items in the pockets and that was a hit for years.
But now, if you have noticed, there are a plethora of Advent Calendar options. One of the most popular ones I have seen is the Wine Calendar. Aldi’s has promoted this for several years but judging from my Facebook feed there are very limited quantities available.
I did find a cute 12 Wines of Christmas one at Sam’s Club and it jumped into my cart. I must admit I am looking forward to opening that first little flap to see what is hidden beneath. I have shared my find with several people who have also gone to get their own so we can do a virtual opening together – how fun.
I also found a cute cheese calendar that I plan to share with Chris. This one was also from Sam’s Club if you want to snag one for yourself.
It has gotten a little out of hand this year.
There are heaps of coffee calendars.
There are candle calendars.
There is even a hot sauce calendar.
How about an oral care calendar that takes care of your teeth during the holidays?
I like the idea of preparing for Christmas in an intentional way and using an Advent Calendar but I am not sure some of these really celebrate the birth of Christ. I guess we have to insert that meaning into each little flap we open regardless of what lies underneath.
What about you? Have you found a special Advent Calendar that you love? I would love to hear about it.