Countdown to Christmas: The Ultimate Guide to Advent Calendars 2023Natalie Thornburn
Understanding the Tradition of Advent Calendars: A Historical Perspective
The tradition of Advent calendars dates back to the mid-19th century, originating from Germany. The Advent calendar, as we know it today, is a special calendar used to count the days in anticipation of Christmas. It begins on the 1st of December and ends on the 24th, Christmas Eve. Historically, these calendars were simple, featuring little more than printed pictures or Bible verses. However, over time, they have evolved into elaborate creations filled with chocolates, toys, beauty products, and even alcoholic beverages. The Advent calendar has become a cherished tradition, a way to celebrate the festive season and build anticipation for Christmas day. As Gerhard Lang, the creator of the first printed Advent calendar, once said, “Every opening of a door means a pleasant surprise and increases the joyful anticipation of Christmas.”
The Countdown Begins: How to Choose the Perfect Advent Calendar for Christmas 2023
Choosing the perfect Advent calendar for Christmas 2023 can be a delightful yet daunting task, given the plethora of options available. When selecting an Advent calendar, consider the recipient’s interests and preferences. For children, calendars filled with toys or chocolates are a popular choice. For adults, options range from beauty and skincare products to gourmet food and drink items. The price range varies significantly, from budget-friendly calendars to luxury options. It’s also worth considering the sustainability of the calendar. Many brands are now offering eco-friendly Advent calendars, made from recyclable materials and filled with ethically sourced products.
Creative DIY Advent Calendar Ideas for a Personalised Christmas Countdown
For those who prefer a more personalised touch, creating a DIY Advent calendar can be a rewarding experience. One idea is to use small, reusable cloth bags or boxes, each filled with a unique surprise. These could include handwritten notes, homemade treats, or small toys. Another idea is to create a ‘book Advent calendar’ for children, where each day reveals a new book to read. This not only encourages a love for reading but also creates a special bonding time each day. Gift Delivery have a great range of small Advent Gifts which can be used to fill one of the doors. The possibilities for DIY Advent calendars are endless, limited only by your imagination and creativity.
The Best UK Advent Calendars for 2023: From Luxury to Eco-Friendly Options
The UK offers a wide range of Advent calendars to suit every taste and budget. For those seeking luxury, the Fortnum & Mason’s Feasting Advent Calendar is a standout choice, filled with gourmet treats and fine teas. Beauty enthusiasts may prefer the Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar, which features a selection of high-end skincare and makeup products. For eco-conscious consumers, the Ethical Superstore’s Eco-Friendly Advent Calendar is a great option, filled with organic and fair-trade chocolates. For children, the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar remains a popular choice, offering a new LEGO piece each day.
In conclusion, the Advent calendar is a cherished tradition that adds a touch of magic to the festive season. Whether you choose a store-bought calendar or opt for a DIY creation, the countdown to Christmas 2023 is sure to be filled with joy and anticipation. As the famous author, Janice Maeditere once said, “Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” The Advent calendar is a beautiful way to open our hearts, day by day, as we countdown to Christmas.