Advent Calendars and the 25 days of Christmas!

Happy December everyone!  This post is a little late today but I wanted to share a Christmas post every day for the 25 Days of Christmas!!

I thought talking about the advent calendar would be a perfect way to celebrate the 1st day of Christmas!

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I *love* my gingerbread advent calendar.  It is made of wood and every year I stuff it with miniature ornaments.  Then everyday I open a new door and get a new ornament to put on the tree!

I use the same miniature ornaments every year but you see I put them in the box in January and store them year-long in this box.  By December I have forgotten what I put in there!  

Occasionally my husband or Mom sneaks something into a door so it is a surprise! 

This year though they gave my something special – a Diptyque advent calendar!  I am SO excited!

 Here it is opened…

Here is today’s surprise! a mini figurie candle! 

This is a fancy advent calendar, but they don’t all have to be! I like the chocolate stuffed ones and even the paper ones! 

 Advent calendars started in the 1800s.  Advent marks the beginning of the Christmas season for many churches.  In 1839, the first public Advent wreath was hung in Hamburg, Germany.  In 1902, the first printed Advent calendar was made.  After that, each year the calendar evolved eventually into a calendar with 24 little doors.

The traditional advent calendars only revealed a picture behind their doors, but soon began to include chocolate and toys.

 There are lots of different ones.  This one below is similar to mine, the Christmas House Advent Calendar.

I love this Christmas tree one! I think my cousin has it.

 Isn’t this Santa chimney one fun?

This galvanized tin one is perfect for farmhouse style decor.

Isn’t this stocking tree calendar cute?

This snowman one is super cute! 

This one is adorable and is from Villeroy and Boch with porcelain goodies!

Not all advent calendars go on the wall or table… here is a charm bracelet! A new charm for everyday! Isn’t it clever??

Isn’t this nativity one cute?

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