There aren’t any children in our household, however that doesn’t stop us getting excited about Christmas. Christmas proper for us generally begins on Advent – this year, the 3rd of December. On that day, the tree gets erected, decorations go up and, if we’ve managed a bit of forward planning, the first door of the Advent calendar gets opened.
There’s a growing number of grown-up Advent calendars on the market – and there’s something for everyone – glamour pusses, real ale drinkers, coffee connoisseurs as well as the sweet-toothed. Here are three of our favourites…
- Christmas coffee advent by Perkulatte: £40, Notonthehighstreet
- Beer advent calendar: £74.99, The Pip Stop
- 24-day beauty advent calendar: £120.00, Selfridges
Advent starts on Sunday so you only have a couple of days left to get your hands on your advent calendars! They’ve been around since the 19th century and are traditionally used to celebrate the run up to, and prepare for, Christmas Day.
It wasn’t always about scoffing a chocolate a day – although I wholeheartedly agree with that undertaking – the 24 compartments once held a different bible verse, prayer or poem. How about filling them with something different and unique – handmade sweets, a daily artwork, ‘activity’ coupons or individual figures to slowly make up a nativity set? I like the idea of filling each of mine with an advent candle – or little scented tea lights like these from IKEA.
- Reusable fabric advent calendar – Christmas tree: £40.76, Etsy
- The Advent Calendar – Truffles for Two: £26, Hotel Chocolat
- Wooden LED lit advent calendar by The Forest & Co: £29.50, Notonthehighstreet
- Wooden Houses advent calendar: £40, John Lewis
- Susanne Kaufmann 2015 advent calendar – £99, Liberty