Do you do an Advent Calender?

Do you do an Advent Calender?
Growing up every year, my mom bought all of us an Advent Calender. My sisters would always sell them for German Club. These particular Advent Calenders always had a Christmas scene on the front. There were 24 doors, each one with a piece of chocolate behind it. The chocolates were shaped like little toys, or Christmas designs, There may be a baby doll, a train, an elf, and more. The piece behind the 24 was bigger then all the rest of them. It was a star. Oh how we all loved getting one of these and having a small treat each day leading up to Christmas. It was so much fun and it really is a great tradition to have each year. I have not done one in a while now, but if we have kids, it will be a family tradition that we start back up.

There are other types of advent calenders one can do as well. Some you use small toys that are placed in a muffin tin and each day the child pushes back the paper in the tin to reveal what is in the tin. Or you could do a fabric one in which there is a clue to where to find the treasure. It is really up to you on how you do it, as there is not a right or wrong way.


The current trend has been beauty advent calendars where there is a beauty product behind each door. Many companies have their own as well as retailers creating their own. Many sell out fast and people buy as gifts or treat themselves as it is a years worth of beauty items. Some offer excellent value and get resold on ebay when they are limited edtions.

I used to have traditional advent calendars as a child and they are a nice way to countdown the days.
Posted by Alexa on 12-08-2017
I think I have seen that advent calendar when I was young. It was like the advertisement for a particular manufacturer that the sale for each month are indicated clearly on the dates. Most of those kind of calendars are from the Chinese hardware store who distribute such calendars to their customers. It also has a lunar calendar that comes with the Gregorian calendar so it is double purpose. The Chinese use the lunar calendar.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-16-2018
This is a nice idea will have to borrow yours and try them out.I haven't done this before and that's is why I love here we learn every day.I'm sure I will be enjoying this as soon as I start doing it.I get addicted to things easily especially things I'm doing for the first time.Will start doing from henceforth.
Posted by lovely on 12-08-2017
My grandchildren always look forward to having an Advent calendar every year. I like that they now have different ones that may cost more but you get little things like toys, nail polishes or for adults bath products and even little bottle of alcohol. It has really become a big thing. I think it is a great way to count down to the big day but treating yourself to a little something special each day.
Posted by Sue on 12-08-2017
I don't do one, but I think it is a neat idea. People can keep track of the days leading up to Christmas. I like the calendars that include chocolate, so you can have one piece of chocolate every day until the big day. Most of those are for children though. However, even adults like chocolate so why not?
Posted by kgord on 12-08-2017
Yeah, I still do it with my younger sister. I am a bit too old for it but it's just nice to do it especially with siblings and the fact you get a chocolate out of it makes it even better so it is a nice thing to do. It also makes the countdown to Christmas quite nice. I know that there are quite a few adult ones so I guess anyone can enjoy an advent calender, a few of them have beers or spirits inside each of the doors.
Posted by kingcool52 on 12-08-2017
I'm keen to see how it is done for I would be happy to get a chocolate as well. We never did such in our family and I have to say that it is one that I would be excited to learn how to it is done at the end.
Posted by Barida on 12-08-2017
I never did an advent calendar and I must confess that this is the first time that I'm able to read something. However, the kids back then must have had fun doing so doing so at the end.
Posted by Barida on 12-08-2017
Never did that in our family since I was a kid. We just have an ordinary calendar. And same to you, this is also the first time I read about advent calendar.
Posted by vhinz on 12-09-2017
Advent Calenders? What are they actually? I had never seen or heard of Advent Calenders prior to reading this thread. So Advent Calender basically is a calendar where someone can pick something every day? Is this used only for children, or adult also uses such type of Calenders.
Posted by vinaya on 12-08-2017
Well, in my country advent calendars are basically "calendars" where you have 24 doors. Each door has a piece of chocolate behind so let's say that it's 1st of December - you would then open the door with the number 1 and so on. Until you'd reach the 24th door and that's when it's Christmas time. You can get all sort of candy and motives.
Posted by Mehano on 12-10-2017
Sorry, I have never heard of it but I do print out monthly calendar to save cost. I prefer to add in the public holidays and school holidays in it. As for christmas, just cut out xmas card and past it
Posted by peachpurple on 12-09-2017
Yes, we actually do advent calendars and I love it. It's been our family tradition ever since I was a young girl and it stuck with me. My mother still buys me one even though that I'm in my mid 20's, haha! It's just a nice little touch when you are counting down to the Christmas days and you can see how many doors left to open. Really fun even if you're a bit older.
Posted by Mehano on 12-10-2017
These are amazing, until now I didn't have an idea of how they are called in English, but I can honestly say that they are one of the good things about winter and Christmas, I seriously love eating chocolates from the calendar, however I would never wait and just eat all of them at once, or at least in a shorter period of time.
Posted by manmad on 12-11-2017
My husband and I never do one, but my mother in law made one for the kids. She even sends us stuff in the mail to put into it for them. However, every year she's sent things (and this is like the fourth year now) somehow we always manage to forget to do it and the kids end up opening nearly all the boxes a few nights before christmas. I know, we're horrible, but they don't miss it and getting a bunch of little stuff and candies all at once is just as exciting it seems. I really wNted to try and be on the ball this year, but I've already dropped it. Maybe this afternoon I will get it all ready for this evening. At least if I manage to get that done, we will still be a week ahead of our usual rush to open the advent boxes. Oops
Posted by Rmarsh1984 on 12-12-2017
No, I don’t do advent calendars’ as I don’t really like chocolate that much as I find sweet food to be sickly. Another reason I don’t do advent calendars’ is that I really don’t partake in consumerist fads, as I like to buy things that create an advantage for me.
Posted by Gaince on 12-12-2017
I remember these from my childhood as well. I do not do this anymore, and, as far as I know, no one in my family does this anymore either. I guess that, on my end, that this is a dying tradition of sorts. Still, I have fond memories of this tradition and of seeing what every new day had to offer when I would peel of the sticker or label on the calendar to see what the new prize or activity was based upon the day.
Posted by JoeMilford on 12-12-2017
I used to have advent calendar chocolates as a child, but I didn't really like their taste. I'm also not particularly interested in other varieties of the advent calendars either, I don't really know why. The concept is interesting, but I don't think I'd get one for myself these days. If I want [insert relevant product here], I can often just buy it directly and it'd probably just be better quality than the contents of the calendar itself.
Posted by Linen on 12-13-2017
We always buy one but generally end up forgetting all about it for a few days in a row and then eating up 3 or more chocolates at a time to make up for the lost days! But regardless it is a must have every Christmas!
Posted by EliteWriter on 12-14-2017
I don’t think we have that Advent calendar here but it surely is amusing. I was born and raised in a Catholic home and also schooled in a Catholic academy that’s why I am aware of religious traditions and observances. Maybe what I can relate to is with the Christmas scene. Our laundrywoman always give us a cloth calendar that we hang by the dinner table. It usually has that Christmas scene like the nativity.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-19-2017
I love the idea of Advent Calenders. I knew some of these kinds of calendars where each day there was a different activity but, each day has a different gift is pretty awesome to me. Also, that makes me think I can create my own, personalized, advent calendar, so the kids won't be the only who can enjoy waiting for Christmas because we, the adults, can enjoy it too. We can do a different workout exercise every day, we can read, each day, a different chapter of a book, call or write a different closed person every day, etc. This year I would like to create my own advent calendar and I hope I can remember that I have to create it and then, remember to accomplish it.
Posted by cubo on 02-13-2018
We've started doing them again now that I have kids who are the age where they love advent calendars. I did them as a child too and it was always something to look forward to. I think having fun traditions to celebrate is an important part of our family Christmas :)
Posted by amelia88 on 10-01-2018