"There's still time to get the Advent Calendars & Advent Wreaths you want! The first day of Advent is December 1. It's hard to believe but this traditional kickoff to the Christmas season is less than two weeks away! Don't worry, we still have a huge selection of our most popular Advent Calendars and Advent Wreaths and orders are shipping quickly. You can also shop our enormous collection of Jigsaw puzzles, Christmas cards and Holiday chocolates. But don't wait, time is running out. Let the countdown begin!"
One of my favorite memories of the holidays as a child, was waking up each morning and opening up a window of my chocolate advent calendar. Not only would I get a sweet treat to start the day, but I would be able to see how many days were left until Santa would be stopping by. As a child, advent calendars were great ways to anticipate the arrival of Christmas. A tradition in our house was to visit the village store in NH the weekend after Thanksgiving, and choose our own advent calendars. It wasn't until I was around 8-9 years old that I really started to pay attention the detail of the advent calendars. From wintry wonderland scenes, to whimsical pictures of Santa and his elves in the workshop at the North Pole, it was always a treat to browse the current year's selection of advent calendars, and choose just the right one.
Even as we got older and stopped believing in Santa Claus, my parents would keep the tradition of the advent calendar alive by still letting us pick one out -- usually on Black Friday, or shortly thereafter. While my brothers would opt for the non-candy advent calendars that usually had glitter or other fancy embellishments, I couldn't resist the chocolate calendars. I remember one year, my grandmother bought us all a wooden advent calendar box, that she filled with mini ornaments to add to the Christmas tree each morning. I thought this was a great idea, and to this day, I still have this advent calendar box. I hope to share this with the girls when they get older, and help build their holiday ornament collection for when they get older and get a place of their own. But, in the meantime, I can't help but pick up chocolate advent calendars for them, and one for the family (shhh, really it is for me to relive my childhood memories, and enjoy a piece of chocolate each morning -- what a great way to start the day!) :-) And, this year, the girls and I will be counting down to Christmas with our advent calendars from Vermont Christmas Company.
Have you heard of the Vermont Christmas Company? I hadn't until I stumbled across their website back in September. Yes, I was looking for advent calendars that early. :-) From traditional paper, chocolate, German, fabric and wooden Advent calendars featuring both religious and non-religious themes, as well as holiday themed jigsaw puzzles and even holiday cards, the folks at Vermont Christmas Company have you covered. I was amazed all their over 300 styles and designs, all at affordable prices. If I could, I would have purchased one of each -- but, then I would never hear the end of it from my husband. :-) After reaching out to the folks at the Vermont Christmas Company, they graciously sent along a sampling of some of their best-selling advent calendars for me to sample.
Just like when I was a child, I fell in love with the beautiful holiday scenes, and could only imagine how good the milk chocolate behind each of the 25 doors tasted. But, what really caught my eye was how unique both the "Chocolate Advent Calendar w/ Poem" and "Chocolate Advent Calendar w/ Bible Text" were. Past advent calendars, once you removed the chocolate, would just show the plastic chocolate mold the piece of chocolate was molded from behind each window. But, with these two advent calendars from the Vermont Chocolate Company, the Bible Text advent calendar contained either Bible text that tells the story of the Nativity Story, while the Advent Calendar with poem contains verses from the classic "Twas the Night Before Christmas."
If the poem or Bible text chocolate calendars weren't enough, the kind folks at the Vermont Chocolate Company also included an Advent House. Have you seen these before, as I hadn't?
"Prepare for Christmas by opening a window each day during Advent to reveal a piece of premium imported milk chocolate. This special calendar is easily assembled and will sit on any table top or flat surface. Advent calendar contains 2.6 ounces of chocolate. Measures approximately 10 1/4"x10 1/4"x10 1/4" when assembled. Specially imported from Windel Chocolate in Germany."
What a novel idea. Even though I am holding off on starting the chocolate advent calenders with the girls until Dec. 1st, I couldn't help but put together the chocolate filled advent calendar house to see how it looked. Oh, how I wish they had these advent houses when I was growing up, as I would have bought them every season. The advent house was easy to put together. Right now, I have the advent house sitting on the dining room table for all to see. And, it is truly a conversation piece, as many family and friends have never seen this type of advent before, but love the idea and want to pick one up for their family.
Each morning, the girls keep looking at their chocolate advent calendars provided by the Vermont Chocolate Company, and can't wait for Dec. 1st to roll around, so that they can open the first window. I love how they are getting excited about the holidays and love doing things like I did, like driving around looking at Christmas lights to waking up each morning to open a door/window on their chocolate advent calendars. And, from now on, instead of going to the stores to find just the right advent calendar, we will be shopping the online Vermont Chocolate Company website. I can't wait to see my mom's reaction come Thanksgiving, when the girls surprise her with the fabric advent calendar we picked up for her. She stopped putting up advent calendars once my brothers and I moved away to college. But, I am hoping now that they have grandchildren, that the love and excitement of advent calendars warms their house again once my mom sees this beautiful advent calendar from Vermont Chocolate Company.
So, with only about 2 weeks left before children open the first door/window on their advent calendar, don't delay in ordering your family's advents calendars today. Just check out some of the advent calendars from Vermont Chocolate Company, that are sure to put a smile on any child's face each morning, and will be great to display on the mantel, window sill, or wherever your family likes to put their advent calendars.
Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.