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Advent Calendar Ideas - Ho ho!

Updated on December 9, 2013

Get your 2011 Advent Calendar - lots of choice - Lego, Playmobil, wooden, fabric

Advent calendars are wonderful for creating a Christmas atmosphere. We've got a great selection of advent calendars for Christmas 2011. Lego Advent calendars and Playmobil Advent calendars are always popular. And there's definitely a place for traditional wooden and fabric advent calendars.

Countdown to Christmas with a advent calendar and create some memories. See also UK Advent Calendars.

We'd like to countdown to Christmas with a:

Lego Advent Calendar * Playmobil Advent Calendar * Wooden Advent Calendar * Fabric Advent Calendar * Alternative Advent Calendar * Other Toy Advent Calendar * Pop Up or 3D Advent Calendar * Small Advent Calendar Gifts * Advent Calendar Book

Villeroy & Boch Nostalgic Ornaments Advent Calendar 2011 25 Piece Set

@ Amazon


Isn't it beautiful! The Villeroy & Boch Nostalgic Ornaments Advent Calendar 2011 is a real collectors piece with 25 traditional ornaments to hang on the tree.

Villeroy and Boch Advent Calendars - on eBay

Villeroy and Boch Advent Calendars from this year and previous years do come up on eBay sometimes. These results are updated daily.

History of Advent Calendars

Why do we have Advent Calendars?

Like so many of our Christmas traditions, the Advent Calendar started in Germany. In the 19th century, the countdown to Christmas was observed by making chalks marks on a door, lighting small candles and similar daily acts. Printed Advent Calendars appeared in the early 20th century, and after a break during WWII, the tradition continued to grow and evolve.

Advent Calendars quickly spread to other countries. President Eisenhower is credited with making them popular in the USA. Eisenhower's grandchildren enjoyed advent calendars and appeared with a picture of one in a newspaper.

I vividly remember Advent Calendars from my 70s childhood - these were traditional card picture window ones. Modern Advent Calendars start on the 1st of December. They don't align directly with the Christian period of Advent. Like most Christmas traditions they are mostly secular, featuring animals, snow scenes, Father Christmas and the like. And of course we have the always popular Chocolate Advent Calendars. And the very cool Lego and Playmobil calendars - I would have loved one on the Playmobil forest scenes as a child.

Right, on to the Advent Calendars themselves ...

Norman Rockwell's Advent Calendar

Norman Rockwell's Advent Calendar
Norman Rockwell's Advent Calendar

Norman Rockwell's Advent Calendar is a seasonal classic. Sure to get you in the mood for the holidays.


Lego Advent Calendars

Lego Advent Calendars

Lego Advent Calendars have a small Lego toy to make each day - while they seem quite expensive, you do get quite a lot for your money. The Lego Advent Calendars are suitable from age 5-12. Although a lot of older Lego collectors will enjoy them too.

The Lego Advent Calendars are so cool that I made a separate page about each of them.

Playmobil Advent Calendars

Wooden Advent Calendars

And other Advent Calendars with doors, drawers and boxes.

Fabric Advent Calendars

And Advent Calendar Kits.

Alternative Advent Calendars

Pop Up and 3D Advent Calendars

Other Toy Advent Calendars

Advent Calendar Books

Advent Calendar Books

We think this is a lovely idea. Read a different story every night up until Christmas Eve.

We'd love to hear from you. What kind of Advent Calendar are you having this year? Do you have childhood memories of having an advent calendar?


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    • fugeecat lm profile image

      fugeecat lm 6 years ago

      We always had an advent calendar when I was growing up. It was so much fun to open the windows and see the little pictures.

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      krakensquid 6 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 6 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      I love Advent Calendars (OK my favourite ones come with chocolate behind the doors!) - I really miss having them now my children are grown up. Have a Thanksgiving Day Squid Angel blessing on me :)

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Shoould have seen this earlier. I love advent as we use to celebrate this in school.

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      Jen 7 years ago from California

      Fantastic list of Advent calendars! I love the Playmobil Dragon calendar - perfect for my son!