It is this time of the year once again. Christmas is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to start thinking about gifts for friends and family. If you want to get them something special, then why not consider buying them an advent calendar?
What Is An Advent Calendar?
Advent calendars are a fun and exciting way to count down the days until Christmas Eve. They have been around for decades, and they're still a lot of fun. The Advent Calendar was first used by German Lutherans in the 19th and 20th century. The word “advent” derived from the Latin word “adventus” meaning "coming or arrival," and it refers to the coming of Christ. In this case, it refers to the four weeks leading up to Christmas.
An advent calendar is a calendar that represents this lead up to Christmas, and it helps children and adults track the days. During these four weeks, people prepare for Christmas and include special activities often associated with some aspects of Christmas in their countdown to Christmas Eve, such as, buying or cutting down a Christmas tree, baking cookies and so on.
The first Advent calendars were handmade. They were made of paper and had doors to open every day from December 1st through December 24th and traditionally featured nativity scenes or bible verses. Till to date the doors are usually distributed across the calendar in random order. Part of the fun is finding the right one each day. The calendar door opens to reveal an image, poem, or short story and nowadays also a gift or sweet treat.
These Advent Calendars Will Make December A Lot More Fun!
An advent calendar is a fun gift that encourages you to wake up early every morning to see what’s inside. This year, check out our selection of the top 5 Christmas countdown calendars for kids and adults.
1. Kinder Surprise & Friends Advent Calendar
This Christmas calendar is not only filled with the best of Kinder chocolate candies it also contains a fluffy Santa Hat and a whole lot of Kinder surprise eggs. The Kinder calendar is visually appealing and the 24 sweat treats are so exciting. This is a fun way to start the Christmas countdown and the ultimate Christmas season surprise for kids.
2. Niederegger Cafehaus Calendar
It is hard to decide which Niederegger calendar is best, but the most popular is the nostalgic Cafehaus calendar. This Advent calendar is, unlike any other. It has a total of 32 little doors with 43 delicious specialties of marzipan, nougat and brittle in different variations. Niederegger has been crafting its sweet, chewy marzipan since 1806, so there's no doubt each chocolate-covered variety behind the door of this advent calendar is just as delicious. The best part is you can enjoy the Advent season until January 1st with a delicious treat and celebrate both Christmas and New Year.
3. Vegan Chocolate Advent Calendar
Here is a treat for all vegan lifestyle enthusiasts. The chocolate manufacturers heard your wish and we have two delicious options for you from Lindt and Niederegger. Filled with the finest vegan chocolates you can enjoy 24 mini plant-based candies filled with crispy waffles, almond brownie, hazelnut or double choc while you countdown to Christmas.
4. Asbach Brandy Chocolate Calendar
This is the ultimate gift for adults and liquor connoisseurs, who like to keep up with the Christmas tradition. The luxury Asbach advent calendar contains a selection of the finest Asbach brandy filled milk and dark chocolates, including the popular brandy bottles and cherry liquor pralines. The square chocolate beans are without a sugar crust, while the round chocolates have a finely sugared surface. Asbach acquires its unique and distinctive taste though traditional distillation, careful storing for at least three years and a secret maturation and refinement process. Liqueur connoisseurs will enjoy these 24 surprises.
5. Dresdner Stollen Confectionary Advent Calendar
This adorable calendar with a beautiful illustration of Dresden's Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) and surrounding historic buildings on the Neumarkt is a holiday favorite. It contains Saxony’s world-famous confectionary - the Dresdner Christstollen. Centuries-old baking tradition combined with a prevailing passion result in delectable treats. The advent calendar is filled with 24 individually wrapped mini Dresdner Stollen pieces in four different delicious flavors – classic, almond, marzipan or baked apple. The perfect companion for hot chocolate or coffee.
We hope this list has helped you find the perfect Christmas advent calendar for yourself or a loved one. It was hard to pick just five since we have a total of nearly 50 Advent calendars in store. You read that right! Plenty of great options to select from your favorite chocolate makers Lindt, Ferrero, Ritter Sport, Milka, Niederegger, Verpoorten and Nestle. You can’t go wrong with either of them.
Advent Calendars have become a staple Christmas tradition and they are a great way to celebrate the holiday season. Additionally, these calendars give you something exciting to look forward to each day. When you have eaten all your 24 candies in your advent calendar, it’s time for Santa Claus! Don’t miss out and pre-order your calendar today!
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