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  • The ones I saw in Germany were made from cardboard. For each day of the Advent season the calendar had a tiny 'door' to open with a small chocolate inside. Image search gives the general idea.

    November 8, 2008

  • Common in Italy, too.

    November 8, 2008

  • Not so common in my area anymore, but when I was a tyke they were. I loved waiting to open each little door as the days passed.

    November 10, 2008

  • I remember that there was a lot of sibling rivalry involved. Not all of ours had chocolate, though - sometimes there were just little pictures or verses. My German cousins always had a cooler calendar than ours.

    November 10, 2008

  • My German friends have reusable ones. They're made up of little cloth pouches and their mother buys those individually wrapped Darrell Lea chocolates to fill them with. I don't think she leaves a chocolate for everday, either, come to think of it. There's probably some true-meaning-of-Christmas stuff in there too.

    Personally I like to wait until after Christmas and buy five for a dollar at the supermarket and eat them all at once :D

    November 10, 2008

  • That was such a good comment plethora. *spins ears and bow tie*

    November 10, 2008

  • Oh my. The advent calendars appeared in our local stores in October. I was very shocked because the Christmas stuff comes to the shops earlier and earlier every year. Or maybe I just haven't noticed before.

    Oh, and the point was that they are common in Finland, too. The children like chocolate calendars but then there are those ones which have pictures in them. The advent calendar of The Guides and Scouts of Finland is very famous here and it's always very interesting and has a high quality.

    November 10, 2008

  • Perhaps you could post a link to one of those calendars, if you know of one. I'd be interested to see the pictures. Thanks.

    November 10, 2008

  • Likewise!

    November 11, 2008

  • Well, I found this link. There are pictures of all of the scout calendars before the doors are opened. Unfortunately the text is in Finnish, but when you click the blue links, you can search the different decades.

    November 11, 2008

  • Thanks Kamtsatka, that's a superb gallery.

    November 11, 2008

  • My English grandmother used to send one out every year. Always one of the beautiful card ones with windows. (No sweets!)

    November 12, 2008

  • At the risk of being spammy... I've made an advent calendar this year, with little stop motion animations for every day until Christmas. It's almost completely wordless, but if you like toys and decorations being sacreligious and/or silly you can see it here.

    I grew up with multiple advent calendars myself. In Sweden there is a calendar that is related to a daily television show that most swedish children probably watch every day...

    December 3, 2012