Today I opened the 18th door and retrieved my small, chocolate treat. Only seven more days to go….
Advent calendars are a fun way to count down the days until Christmas. They come in many shapes and sizes, limited only by one’s imagination.
These special calendars usually begin on December 1st and mark off all the preceding days until Christmas in a unique way. Each day contains a tiny treat or gift or verse hidden behind a “door” or “window” for all the 24 days leading up to, and sometimes including Christmas day itself.
Even though this started as a religious tradition from 19th century Germany, advent calendars have been largely secularized and can be enjoyed by anyone of any faith who celebrates a Christmas tradition.
I first learned about advent calendars during a trip to Germany during the height of the Christmas season. It was a magical time, thanks to the many Christmas markets and old world traditions.
So like many before me, I now incorporate an advent calendar into my own Yuletide celebrations. And since it’s just for me, and me alone, I always choose one that hides a luscious chocolate treat behind each of the cardboard doors.
But this year I found a truly unique calendar for my husband – The Brewer’s Advent Calendar.
This particular calendar holds 24 imported German beers. So my hubby – a craft brewer himself – gets to open a beer a day! From December 1 through December 24, each cardboard *window* contains a 16.9 oz can of premium imported beer.
And adding to the fun? Each beer is a different blend. He doesn’t know what type of brew each particular day holds until he pops open a calendar door.
So whether December 25th holds the birth of baby Jesus or Yuletide or Santa Claus…or even Krampus(!), advent calendars are a fun way to count the days.