Saturday, December 1, 2012

Advent Calendars

Typical Commercial Variety
with Chocolate Treats
Behind Each Window
Advent is a Christian observance that begins this Sunday. It's a period of preparation, extending over the four Sundays before Christmas. Advent comes from the Latin advenio, "to come to," and refers to the coming of Christ.

Homemade and Reusable

Fold Out Type

An Advent calendar is a special calendar usually given to children that is used to count the days in anticipation of Christmas. Many Advent calendars take the form of a large rectangular card with 24 "windows" representing the days of December leading up to Christmas. One window is opened each day to reveal a treat, usually a small toy, piece of candy, chocolate, money, or prize. The last window frequently has the best treat, either money or a special gift. (I remember getting a 1969 commemorative coin of the moon landing. I still have the coin too. )

Advent calendars come in all shapes, sizes, and prices, but I prefer the homemade ones. They're more imaginative and long-lasting. I still have the Advent calendar from childhood. It was made of wood and purchased at a flea market. The paint was peeling and the windows were difficult to open, but it had style
Homemade and Creative

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