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LEGO Advent Calendars start great traditions

Updated on September 6, 2013

Advent activities like toy Lego Advent calendars are a big hit

The Lego CITY Advent Calendar is one of several advent calendars Lego offers. Adults and children around the world mark off the days until Christmas with advent calendars. Most start their countdown on December 1st. A big favorite among the countdowners, is the Lego Advent Calendar themed series.

Lego calendar themes range from Star Wars to Pirates to my favorite, the City theme. The daily surprise of discovering a tiny Lego toy like a minifigure, minivehicle, or miniaccessory is certainly a major reason why they are such favorites.

The Advent calendar story

The celebration of Advent with the calendar began more than 150 years ago when German families would mark off the days until Christmas with small daily gifts of chocolate and candies.

Gerhard Lang was one of those German children. His mother cut cardboard into small squares and then probably number them with the days until Christmas. Then she'd attach a small candy to each square. Every day during Advent, she'd have Gerhard take one piece of candy off of that day's square as part of their family Advent countdown. This childhood memory remained with Gerhard and became the inspiration for what has become one of today's major childhood Christmas activities. Many attribute the first printed Advent calendar to him.

Today Advent calendars are both religious and secular. The annual toy Advent Calendars created by Lego is a great example of the secular style.

Who else loves the Advent season?

Who else loves the Advent season?
Who else loves the Advent season?

Strong family holiday traditions depicted in this year's LEGO® City Advent Calendar - LEGO® City Advent Calendar 2824

LEGO City Advent Calendar 2824
LEGO City Advent Calendar 2824

The LEGO City Advent Calendar is a good example of a toy Advent calendar that opens up the holiday season for adults and children. You'll find 24 windows on the calendar box marking off the days 'till Christmas. A gift is waiting inside each window with the largest model in the very last one providing the biggest surprise. Contents include 271 items including 6 minifigures, furniture, and accessories.

I like this LEGO theme for Advent because it's so reflective of the holiday season. The family gathering around the Christmas tree. The roaring fireplace. The presents piled under the tree. The contrast of the warmth in the festive family room against the cool snowy winter landscape outside complete with snowman. It's all very iconic and very traditional.

Celebrate Advent and play the whole year with the LEGO City Theme 2011
Celebrate Advent and play the whole year with the LEGO City Theme 2011
Celebrate with an Advent wreath.
Celebrate with an Advent wreath.

Advent customs are season traditions

Advent wreaths, Advent candles, Advent season activities

There are a number of holiday traditions that have grown up around the Advent season. Here are just a two you'll find in addition to the use of Advent calendars. :

  • Advent Wreath and Candles - On the first day of Advent many families begin the season by lighting the first candle.
  • Nativity scenes - For many families, the beginning of Advent is also the time to set up the family nativity scene.

More LEGO Advent Calendars

Pirates Advent Calendar LEGO Set 6299 2009

LEGO City Advent Calendar 7553

Add these Advent activities

Read Advent stories every night before Christmas.
Read Advent stories every night before Christmas.

Add a story to each Advent day's activity

Great Advent activity to combine with a LEGO Advent Calendar

One way to increase the meaning of the Christmas season is to add daily storytelling to the daily Advent calendar countdown. This is the perfect book to use as it features 24 pictures written specifically for the Advent calendar countdown experience. The stories help capture the spirit of Christmas and you and your child can discuss each one every day and share more meaningful moments.

Advent Storybook: 24 Stories to Share Before Christmas

Start the New Year with the LEGO 2012 Calendar
Start the New Year with the LEGO 2012 Calendar

The LEGO Calendar for 2012 shows why Fortune magazine named LEGO the toy of the century Each month features an astonishing creation by fabulous LEGO creators and builders. The images will lift the imagination and inspire budding engineers of all ages. Some of the images include the White House, an entire city block, and even the space shuttle on the launch pad. It's a terrific calendar and will be appreciated all year long.

Lego: The Calendar 2012

Share your Advent traditions, thoughts on advent calendars and LEGO ones, too. - I love to hear from my readers.

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    • krakensquid profile image

      krakensquid 6 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      Malu Couttolenc 6 years ago

      Lego is one of the most amazing toys ever! I didn;t know there was an advent lego calendar, I have to get one of those!

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      Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I guess the great thing about Lego Advent calendars is that you can just rebuild them every year. Great review!

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Lego has truly been a fantastic creation. Now they have advent calendars.

      I had a large plastic tote filled with Legos from my children's childhood and kept for my 'grandma's box'. I recently gave the whole box to my 9-year-old grandson. He has been very creative with them and would probably really enjoy a Lego advent calendar. Nice review.