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The 35 Best Advent Calendars To Countdown the 2023 Holiday Season

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The only thing better than opening up a bunch of big presents on a single day? Opening up one little present every day for an entire month. Spending the holidays with an Advent calendar is an easy Christmas activity that adds a little bit of extra magic to the season. But what are the best Advent calendars? Which option is best for you and your family?

Advent calendars are a fun and festive way to countdown to Christmas and reward your loved ones (or yourself) for making it through yet another chaotic holiday season. While we may associate these present-giving datebooks with treats or small gifts, their original intent was much more religion-focused.

Before Black Fridays and Cyber Mondays dominated the last few months of the year, there was the season of Advent. This four-week period began on whatever Sunday fell closest to St. Andrew the Apostle Feast Day (Nov. 30) and continued for the next three Sundays. Because this tradition occurred back in the fourth (yes, fourth) century, there's no way to know precisely what Advent was for. However, many scholars believe the season was designed to prepare for baptizing new Christians in the coming new year.

The calendars themselves didn't appear in the U.S. until after World War II when German publisher Gerhard Lang invented the door-opening calendar we've come to know, love, and look forward to. Today, you can find an Advent calendar for almost anything you (or your gift recipient) could possibly imagine, from traditional chocolate treats to watching your way through classic Christmas movies. It's become a beloved Christmas tradition families look forward to every year.

So, without further ado, here are 35 unique Advent calendars that will make counting down to Christmas even more exciting.

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