As today is the 1st December and my children came dashing down the stairs this morning super-excited about opening their calendars, I thought I'd research the tradition, as well as the best out there.
Advent, as we all know, is the countdown to Christmas! It's the beginning of the liturgical year and commences on the fourth Sunday before the 25th, which means it can actually begin any time between 27th November and 3rd December. Practices linked with Advent include lighting candles on a wreath, putting up decorations and the opening of the Advent calendar. Historically behind the tiny doors there would be a passage from the Bible or a prayer but in more recent years this has changed to a festive picture, chocolate or small gift. With this in mind I thought you might like to see some of the best ones available this year...
We might as well start with the most expensive one I can find! The Diamond Calendar was designed in Frankfurt by Biegel Schmuckdesign and priced at £1.9 million it features in the Guiness Book of Records as the most expensive in the World! Following behind such extravagace is the Porsche Calendar at £635,000 which included a rose gold watch, cufflinks, a kitchen, a custom-made yacht and the most expensive trainers money can buy!
Working down the list, The Wedgewood Advent House features minitures from it's range for £9,600. The famous Liberty calendar retails at £149 and sells out almost instantly (the waiting list is already open for next year!), Fortnum & Mason's wooden house filled with traditional treats is £95. If Green & Blacks is more your thing you can buy a re-usable and customisable one from its website for £34.
Selfridges had an "All I Want For Christmas" calendar for £65 which features minitures of its best selling Lancomes Juicy Tube lip gloss and perfumes from the likes of Viktor & Rolf and a Beauty Workshop version at £60 - both of which have sold out now.
If you're more of a traditionalist then The National Gallery's version at £8.50 features a famous painting from its collection behind each door.
Let the countdown commence!!