It's time to choose your Advent calendar, to wait with miniature formats for life-size Christmas gifts. Toys, chocolates, beauty products: there's something for everyone and every budget. Selection of the most beautiful Advent calendars... to buy or to make!
December 1st marks the opening of the great ceremony that precedes Christmas: the opening of the first box of the Advent calendar. 23 others follow, one a day, until the evening of Christmas Eve December 24th. No more boxes, then it's time for the opening of gifts - the real ones - but with increasingly specialized, generous and even luxury Advent calendars, young and old are spoiled long before unpacking at the foot of the tree! Indeed, the tradition of the small chocolate or fruit paste to be enjoyed every evening has long inspired many sectors. From perfumery, to toys and gastronomy, all have revisited the concept and offer ever more extensive calendars each year. Here is our selection of the most beautiful beauty, decoration or children's Advent calendars. And if you want one that is more artisanal, or even home-made, we show you how to make your own Advent calendar!
If we only start opening them on the 1 is December, the Advent calendars offered by the brands are often on sale in stores or on the Internet much earlier in the autumn. So you will find them from october in select stores!
Major cosmetics brands, such as beauty brands, almost every year release their Advent calendar. What do these loot boxes contain? From make-up to moisturizers, including soaps, hand care or scrubs, all your favorite beauty products or best of cosmetic brands can be found in full size or miniature in the beauty advent calendars . Sephora, Yves Rocher, MAC, Dior, L'Occitane, Clarins or Birchbox: discover what's new.
While waiting for the Christmas treats, gourmets can wait with the Advent calendars that can be eaten . Chocolate, tea, beer, jam, sweets... Young and old will enjoy the new products on sale this year. The hardest part will certainly be not to open all the boxes at once!
Harry Potter, Lego cubes, Hatchimals stuffed animals, Playmobil or Disney characters, many are the favorite playful worlds of our toddlers to find themselves hidden in the boxes of the children's advent calendars . Every day, it's a toy or a figurine that the little ones discover before Christmas, to compose, in the end, a very nice gift.
Are you more manual, DIY enthusiast and do wonders from recycled materials? We suggest you opt for the homemade advent calendars , from wood, fabric, paper... Some models are very simple to manufacture for example :
But then what to put in a DIY Advent Calendar ? What to fill his boxes, boxes or small bags with? Miniature toys for children, homemade chocolates or cookies, sweet words: everything is allowed, it's up to you to personalize!
Initiated by Pope Gregory 1 is , in the sixth century, the advent season originally started on the fourth Sunday before Nativity and ended on December 24 with Christmas Eve. During this period, we were preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ . It was only much later that the famous Advent calendar made its appearance. It is in Germany that this tradition would have been born. In the nineteenth century, during the 24 days before Christmas, children were given a picture , pious, often accompanied by a phrase from the Gospel or a maxim encouraging them to do a good deed. The idea was then to make them wait less long until the festivities, but also to make them wiser. Over the years, these icons have been adorned with colors, or with gold or silver threads. For practical reasons, they were then assembled on the same cardboard support , and to keep the surprise effect intact, care was taken to conceal the design.
Very popular in Germany, this tradition gradually spread to Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1903, Gerhard Lang, a Bavarian publisher of illustrated medical books, had the idea of marketing these Advent calendars for the first time. A success which was not denied thereafter, and which was exported all over the world. During the Second World War, American soldiers stationed in Europe sent them to their families on the other side of the Atlantic where, from 1946, they were mass produced.
Although Advent is a namesake of before, which additionally designates the period before Christmas, Advent is not a diversion of its look-alike. The term 'Advent' comes from the Latin adventus which means 'advent'. Namely the imminent arrival of Jesus Christ, which corresponds to the few weeks preceding his (date of) birth.
The content of Advent calendar has also evolved over the years. The original religious image eventually gave way to small figurines, most often small animals, but also small soldiers during the glory days of the German army. The sweets have they appeared in 1958, with a small square of chocolate , and to facilitate its export, baby Jesus has been replaced by the Santa Claus .
Today the Advent calendar no longer has anything religious about it. And when you don't make it yourself at home, marketing professionals have seized on the phenomenon to offer thematic calendars intended to appeal to an increasingly large audience. If chocolate remains a timeless classic, children also appreciate toys, all that remains is to choose between Lego, Frozen or Star Wars. The older ones are also spoiled for choice: selections of tea, makeup, beauty products, beers or 'naughty' items (only for adults)... Even our foursome companions legs can now wait for December 25 in joy and good humor since advent calendars are entirely dedicated to them. The Christmas spirit knows no bounds.Source journaldesfemmes.fr