From festive films to decorating the tree, these are the most creative advent ideas to celebrate the countdown to Christmas.
Jo Malone, Liberty London, Elemis and Charlotte Tilbury are just some of the leading beauty brands who are serving up advent calendars this year.
Advent calendars aren’t what they used to be. A version of the Latin word for ‘coming’, Advent is the season in the church’s calendar during which Christians prepare to celebrate the Nativity – the birth of Jesus as told in the Gospels – and anticipate his return to earth one day. Whether you fancy ushering in a bit of festive reflection and tradition during Advent or just want to let your kids fill their faces with chocolate each morning, there’s an Advent calendar to suit every taste and budget.
The tradition of the Advent calendar dates back to the mid-nineteenth century, when German Protestants would make chalk marks on doors to mark the days leading up to Christmas. German-born Gerhard Lang is widely regarded as having made the first Advent calendar in the early 1900s, and ever since then they have become a popular pre-Christmas gift, eventually adding little pieces of chocolate behind the doors in the latter half of the twentieth century. Now, Advent calendars are a booming business, and you can buy Advent calendars filled with little bottles of gin , pork scratchings or even a £250 sex toy Advent calendar ...