Chocolate Advent Calendars are just what Santa Ordered

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I Want Chocolate Advent Calendars!

Christmas is just around the corner, and what more exciting day to countdown to everyone’s favorite holiday than with a chocolate Advent calendar.

A Little History

The origins of the Advent calendar come from German Lutherans who, at least as early as the beginning of the 19th century, would physically count down the first 24 days of December.  Often this meant simply drawing a chalk line on the door each day, beginning on December 1. Some families had more elaborate means of marking the days, such as lighting a new candle or hanging a little religious picture on the wall each day.

 The first known Advent calendar was handmade in 1851, the first printed Advent calendar was produced in Hamburg in 1902 or 1903.   These first calendars were the precursors of today’s calendar. Comprised of 24 little colored pictures that were pasted to a piece of cardboard. Several years later, the calendar began to have doors instead.

 The practice of Advent calendars disappeared during World War II, apparently to save paper. After the war, Richard Sellmer of Stuttgart resurrected the commercial Advent calendar and is responsible for its widespread popularity.   His company, Richard Sellmer Verlag, today maintains a stock of over 1,000,000 calendars worldwide.  Other companies such as Cadbury’s who specialize in the making of calendars have similar stocks, if not higher.

 Oh, and the first Advent Calendars filled with chocolate were first available in 1958.

Bring on the Chocolate

Beginning on the first day of December, one door is opened each day, counting down the days remaining until Christmas Eve, from one to twenty-four where the 24th door often holds an extra surprise.  Each compartment displays an image, which can be either a feature of the Nativity story and the birth of Jesus or a piece of paraphernalia to do with Christmas.

Today’s calendars can also consist of cloth sheets with small pockets to be filled with candy or other small gift items. Many calendars have been adapted by merchandisers and manufacturers to include a piece of chocolate or other candy behind each compartment.  These are often aimed at children who are counting down to Christmas and the arrival of Santa Claus.

Where Can I Buy Chocolate Advent Calendars?

There are a wealth of great resources for finding chocolate-filled Advent calendars.   And let’s be honest…wouldn’t you rather find a chocolate treat in that little door anyway?  Here is a list of terrific resources to locate the perfect chocolate Advent calendar for your holiday celebrations!

Vermont Christmas Store has a wide variety of sacred and secular advent calendars all containing a milk chocolate surprise.

http://www.vermontchristmasco.com/category/chocolate-advent-calendar?r=gadchoc

Lindt Chocolatier offers several advent calendars containing both solid chocolate treats as well as Lindor truffles.

http://www.lindt.com/ca/swf/eng/products/christmas/lindt-holiday-specialties/lindt-advent-calender/

As if opening the little windows isn’t fun enough, these open to luscious, responsibly made, high quality chocolate from Divine Chocolate.

http://shop.divinechocolateusa.com/Milk-Chocolate-Advent-Calendar/p/DIV-001071&c=DivineChocolate@Christmas?gclid=CPKzzuXZ_asCFUHs7QodDEtnkw

Madelaine Chocolate Company offers six different Advent calendars, all filled with milk chocolate novelties.

http://www.madelainechocolate.com/index.php/products/view/1139/

Advent calendars don’t have to be expensive, this calendar from candywarehouse.com is designed to fit anyone’s budget.

http://www.candywarehouse.com/xmasadvents.html


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