Advent Calendars

@dorannmwin (36698)
United States
November 25, 2009 1:12pm CST
Do you have one? Is there any special way that you count down the days until Christmas with your family? Is this a tradition in your family? This year is the second year that my daughter has her very own Advent calendar. Last year we had a My Little Pony one for her and this year we've gotten her a Littlest Pet Shop one. She is very much looking forward to counting down the days until Christmas with her Advent calendar. When I was a child we always had one that was either a reusable one with a little mouse that jumped from one day until the next or else we had the ones that were filled with chocolates for each day counting down until Christmas. Tell me about your family's Advent traditions.
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• United States
25 Nov 09
I always had an Advent Calendar growing up. My mom would buy one and my brother, my sister and I would take turns opening a window every night before we went to bed we would open it up and eat the candy that was inside. This year I would love to keep this tradition going so I am hoping I can find one. I know my husband is diabetic (he was diagnoses late 2008) and I will check with him to make sure he wants to do this.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
26 Nov 09
It is a wonderful tradition to have in your family. Perhaps if he isn't comfortable with doing a chocolate one you could find another type that your family would enjoy just as much.
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
25 Nov 09
Hi Dorann. I used to buy my 3 daughters an advent calendar each December, the type with the litte "door" to open each day. They would take turns, and were anxious to see what picture representing the holiday was behind the door and know that it they were one day closer to Christmas. :) Karen
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
26 Nov 09
I would love to find a calendar like the ones that you've described, but even the one that we've got for Kathryn this year is good to because she does realize that it is counting down the days until Christmas and she also does really understand what Christmas is all about.
@Anne18 (11036)
25 Nov 09
Our advent calenders are under the bed waiting for the 1st Dec. They are the ones with choccys in, the children get very excited as they are allowed to eat chocolate before school. What I find daft is that the choccy ones are cheaper to buy than the non choccy ones
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
26 Nov 09
You've got a good point about the chocolate ones versus the non-chocolate ones. We opt to not go with chocolate because our oldest child doesn't eat chocolate unless it is filled with something like peanut butter or caramel.
@bucketkid (239)
• Australia
25 Nov 09
usually, in our family, the children get the commercial chocolate advent calenders. when i start my own family i would like to get a special advent calender tha i can refill with treats myself each year so that the calender itself becomes special.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
26 Nov 09
I've thought about trying to make one for our family to use year after year so that they will have a tradition that goes on throughout their lives. This year is the first time that we are celebrating the holidays in our own house and I am trying to make some special traditions for our family that will be uniquely ours.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
25 Nov 09
Oh heavens - you have reminded me of what used to be annual event leading up to Christmas when my children were small. It is a beautiful custom and the true spirit of Christmas will touch your children. Ny children used to love counting off the days. The ones that I remember had little doors that opened to a biblical saying or something religious. Great fun. Many blessings
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
26 Nov 09
I agree with you, I really think that Advent calendars are a great way to think about the spirit of Christmas. I've chosen novelty calendars for my daughter as opposed to the ones with chocolate because even though she is a child, she doesn't really like candy.