Many families begin to celebrate the Christmas season by beginning a countdown system beginning on December 1.
One of the most popular ways to do this is by using a Chocolate Advent Calendar. No, the calendar is not made from chocolate. The calendar itself can be made of a variety of media such as paper, cardboard or wood. The chocolate comes into the mix by being the little gifts that one finds each day as the counting to Christmas Day begins.
Each member of the family can get excited about getting a sweet little treat as they open a window for the corresponding day. Chocolate Advent calendars can have a religious theme or one that celebrates Santa’s arrival, nature and other themes. One piece of advice that I would give is to check to see if the family that you might give an Advent calendar that has chocolates to has any peanut or food allergies. Some but not all of these may contain nuts.
Chocolate advent calendars also make a fun chocolate hand-out piece over coffee with friends.
A lovely scene of the Nativity incorporates the Christian story of the birth of Christ with a bible verse along with a morsel of gourmet chocolate as each of the days in December are counted. Children can begin to learn the story, adults can be reminded of the miraculous birth and one person gets to be rewarded with the tasty little treat.
Children and adults alike can imagine Santa Claus busy in his workshop with the elves preparing all of the gifts that he will deliver on Christmas Eve. Along with finding a piece of chocolate candy each day when a window is opened there is a verse of the popular poem Twas The Night Before Christmas.
A very pretty Christmas scene in New York is the backdrop for this Advent Calendar. This one is a little larger that most measuring about 19 1/2 inches wide by 14 1/2 inches tall. This one also has more chocolate in it that other versions that are available. Instead of 24 or 25 pieces which is typical, this calendar has 33 pieces of candy. Some of the chocolate has been stringed so that the candy can be hung on the tree as an ornament.
For a truly unique Chocolate Advent Calendar this one would be one to consider. Each one is carefully crafted by artisans in Pennsylvania. It is made from wood and painted with endearing scenes of the activity in a house at Christmas time. A door can be opened on each day starting with December 1st and the child or adult who opens it will be rewarded with a morsel of a chocolate truffle. I think this one is a nice investment for a family to continue to use throughout the years because it can be brought out each year and used again. The family would have to get fresh chocolates each year but that would be the only additional expense. So, nice that it could even be passed down to someone in the next generation.
The nativity is shown in a most delightful fashion with Mary and Joseph being joined by others after the baby has been born. You can even see the star guiding the three Wise Men towards the babe. A window for each day holds a chocolate to be enjoyed along with biblical verses telling the story of the very first Christmas.