Lunchtime Poll

LTP: 12/20

Do you do Advent Calendars?

By which I mean, I know that Advent is technically a religious season, but Advent calendars are generally a 24-day countdown, often full of candy, to Christmas. When I was growing up, my mom had a fabric one she’d made with different characters and themes from the Bible story about Jesus’ birth, with peppermint candies you could tie on with string. My brother and I took turns eating the candies. I’m not sure how much attention we paid to the shepherds underneath. These days, I do Advent Countdowns: make lists, read books, light candles, whatever strikes my fancy that year. So my question for you is: do you use an Advent calendar? And if so, what is yours like?

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10 replies on “LTP: 12/20”

When my kids were little, I always bought them one of those daily chocolate calenders.  I’m not sure that qualifies as being very Advent-ish, though, because opening each door and getting the chocolate out was the goal.  There weren’t any spiritual readings or anything like that involved.



When I was a kid my family would do an Advent reading each night, and then my brother and I would get to eat our little chocolate from our calendar.
Does anyone remember actually enjoying that chocolate? I never remember it being very delicious.

Currently, as it’s the last week of Advent, I’m reading an “O Antiphon” each day. Antiphons are a liturgical form of devotion, kind of like a “call and response” type of chant or song. For the 17th-23rd each one is a traditional name of Christ, today is “Key of David”. I actually just learned that the carol “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is pretty much just the O Antiphons set to music so I’m pretty excited about that.

Wasn’t it? I think I’ve seen Lindt Advent calendars in the stores, maybe I will have to try those next year. (or buy one on sale after Christmas?)

The O Antiphons come out of sixth(ish)-century Roman Catholic liturgical practice, though their use is currently quite common among higher Anglican and some Lutheran parishes as well.
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”, is my favourite Advent song! I love the way it communicates all the nuances of Advent: anguish, longing, hope, and wonder all at once.

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