Advent calendars

December 8, 2003

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the anticipation. I love counting the days until it’s time to sing the carols, eat the feast and unwrap the gifts.

That’s why I have always adored Advent Calendars, because they help me count down. As a little girl I loved the store-bought kind, with pieces of chocolate hiding behind perforated cardboard windows, one for each day of December. I tried very hard not to skip ahead.

This month, i’m enjoying Advent Calendars on the Web. They evoke that same giddiness and joy, without causing cavities. Here are a few for you to enjoy, too:

* Flip Flop Flyin’s Advent Calendar, featuring Craig Robinson’s whimsical, wonderful, miniature world
* 25 Fun-Filled Days of Surprise by Leslie Harpold, including charming anecdotes and holiday links
* Advent Calendar: An Illustrated Holiday by the ever-so-lovely Penelope

What is your favorite thing about the Holidays?


  1. ryan says:

    Hot cider and chess by the fire… and the delayed gratification of opening presents with my family… one after the other, around the room.

  2. Sarah says:

    My favorite thing about the holidays is the hot cider (with brandy, of course), candy canes, cookies that look like Christmas tress, eggnog, the parties and the weather. Yes, that about covers it.

  3. the stinkowitz says:

    guilt-free laziness.

  4. Regardez says:

    The kindness and love that seems to be demonstrated more during this season.

    I also really like the music.

  5. Stephanie says:

    I love the warmness of the holidays! There is just something that feels so nice and fuzzy about this time of year.
    I adore hearing the Christmas songs and being with family.

  6. Brandi says:


  7. Ruthie says:

    the “bed” weather – it’s cold this time of the year in the philippines… road trips with the cousins… amazing food at lola’s house…

  8. josefin says:

    gingerbread-cookie-baking, the smell of swedish gl

  9. kat says:

    i really enjoy shopping for christmas presents and seeing your loved ones’ faces brighten up when they open your gifts. i especially enjoy seeing my youngest cousins do that. :)

    i enjoy the christmas parties with friends and officemates, family reunions and christmas dinners.

  10. stella says:

    snow. :(

  11. glynnis says:

    I revel in my family’s weirdness. Rather than turkey or ham or what I suppose would be the traditional meal, our Christmas eve/Christmas evening meal is usually Chinese food…or else Lebanese. The best part is that we are mostly Scottish.

    It’s all about the food.

  12. mare says:

    I absolutely adore that at one point or another, that room with the Christmas Tree will be filled with jolly and noise then in a matter of hours, it would be quiet and calm. Just me, the twinkling of the lights, and maybe if I’m lucky some snow.

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