Continuing on my seasonal posts of Holiday Awesome – inspired by Neil Pasricha’s “The Book of (Holiday) Awesome”.
The Advent Calendar is one of those holiday season traditions that help us with the countdown to Christmas Day. The advent calendars have become a tradition that offers a token of joy during the 24 days leading up to the last “opening day” being December 25th. The origin is traced back to some point in the 19th century. It was originally a Protestant tradition when religious families would mark a line for every day in December until Christmas eve. Advent calendars were a countdown to the coming of Jesus Christ into the world.
On a more commercial front, it is always amazing each year, to see the new creativity that arrives on the shelves of gift shops and grocers as the advent approaches.
For a few years, I enjoyed sharing a tea with my daughter through mutually benefitting from gifting the David’s Tea holiday collection. Naturally, if you search Google you’ll find a wide and fascinating array of the “best of advent calendars for 2017”. Chatelaine also offered up their choices for 2017 at “Best Advent Calendars”.
This year my advent calendar is in tribute to our Toronto Maple Leafs. I arrived home from a business trip December 1st to find my advent calendar waiting for me on the kitchen table. It is a “limited edition” run full of assorted Lindt chocolate samples for the season. For every Toronto Maple Leafs advent calendar sold, the Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment Foundation will gain a $1.00 to invest in their community initiatives.
So, I’m counting down to Christmas with my Toronto Maple Leafs advent calendar and counting down to see if they will keep pushing for top of the league, to close out this calendar year. Go Leafs Go !
I hope you and your family are enjoying your own special choice of advent calendar as the countdown to Christmas this December has begun.