Different Ways To Countdown Through Advent
December 1st! Is there anything more exciting when you're a kid? (Apart from Christmas Day of course!) But counting down advent when you're an adult just isn't quite the same, is it? Those chocolate calendars don't have quite the same appeal. But actually, maybe re-introducing advent countdown isn't such a bad idea - let's help ourselves recapture some of that magic from our youth.
Using advent countdowns for advent
It seems a little silly having advent countdowns, when the calendars help you count down! But, in this instance, it's having something that isn't used to house presents of some kind! These might take the form of rulers, number blocks or even decorations. And they don't need to cost a lot of money either - the concept of the countdown in the middle is mini decorations that can be hung on some branches - if you're crafty, you'll be able to come up with some excellent ideas for advent countdowns!
Calendars to Countdown to Advent
Advent Candles to Countdown
These are candles that have the days of December down the side, and for each night you burn through that number. These are something that take me back to my childhood. The weekend before December 1st, my mum would make a table centrepiece with greenery from the garden, some red carnations, with one of these in the middle. every night then at dinner, we'd light the advent candle and burn it until the date had disappeared.
Sadly we don't currently sell advent candles, but keep an eye out for one, and give this method a go if it appeals to you!
Countdown to advent - advent card
A very traditional style of advent calendar that predates the chocolate tray one! Where you open the door, and instead of a chocolate behind the window there's a little picture.
These are quite difficult to come by, but if you do these make great presents for somebody who's older or non-materialist. And of course, they're easy to post for those that live away!
Way 5 - countdown to advent - advent wreath
An advent wreath isn't something that we do much in this country, it's celebrated more on the continent. Maybe this is due to the decline in practising Christianity in this country? But with an advent calendar, it's the lighting of a candle for each of the four Sundays preceding Christmas. Each candle represents a different virtue that Jesus stands for, including Joy, Love, Peace and Hope. Religion aside, I think this is a lovely way of being thankful, following on from the American Thanksgiving, where we can contemplate and be grateful for the joy, love, peace and hope in our lives.
So there we have some different ideas on how to countdown to advent. Will you give one of these a try this year? Or are there any others that you do that's not been included?
With just a little imagination, you can start your favourite new tradition and get back on track to recapturing some of the Christmas magic from your childhood.
- Annabelle Summerfield