The Advent season is almost here!
It’s exciting, isn't it? Spirits are high, and everyone is spreading cheer and joy. Some have even started holiday shopping, while others are looking for matching family pajamas.
We know how much you’re looking forward to Christmas, which is why we’re demystifying myths about this special calendar event. We want to help you:
- Understand the Advent period better
- Demystify myths that have been limiting your celebrations
- Get unique ideas on how to customize your Advent calendar
But before delving deeper, you need to first understand the Advent calendar.
Advent is the period leading to Christmas and starts in late November or early December. The term “Advent” originates from the Latin word ‘adventus,’ which means arrival. So, even non-Christians can celebrate this season as they count down the days to Christmas.
Myth 1 - Advent Calendars Can Only Be Used During the Christmas Holidays
Fact: You can use Advent calendars for any special event.
Even though the Advent calendar has its origin during the Christmas season, you don't have to stick with it. You can use them for all-year-round fun.
For starters, you can personalize your Advent calendar to help you count down to your child’s significant life milestones, like birthdays and anniversaries.
You can also create an Advent calendar for your child's exam season. Go as wild as you’d like. The best part is that, if you think along this line, there are endless possibilities.
For instance, let’s say you choose an anniversary Advent calendar. You can use personalized gifts that take your child through their growth journey.
Just include random and unique gifts such as petals from the first flowers they picked for you or random pieces of art they made.
Here are some other fun Advent facts:
- The idea of counting down to Christmas is a tradition that has nothing to do with the calendar itself. So, you don't need a December-only calendar to countdown to Christmas.
- Many people use their Advent calendars as part of their daily devotional practice all year round.
In a nutshell, Advent calendars aren't just limited to Christmas. You can use them for other meaningful celebrations. The secret is to tailor the Advent calendar so that it feels more personalized.
Myth 2 - Advent Calendars Are Only for Little Girls
Fact: Advent calendars can be used by everyone (both girls and boys, grownups and kids) to count down to an event.
Advent celebration calendars are not gender-specific. They are available in multiple colors, shapes, and sizes. Therefore, anyone can create or use an Advent calendar to count down to special events.
You can easily get Advent calendars for your favorite males to help build up the excitement and anticipation leading up to their special days, such as Father’s Day, birthdays, or anniversaries.
Let’s say you’re creating an Advent calendar for your son. You can definitely find one with superheroes or a sports theme.
Here’s a table highlighting great Advent Calendar ideas for males.
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The myth that Advent calendars are mainly meant for girls is widespread, and we get it. For decades, Advent calendars have been marketed toward women. But it doesn't have to be this way.
Yes, girls can have Advent calendars. In fact, there are great options available such as our Purple Ladybug Advent Calendar 2022 for girls which has 24 gifts for your daughter.
However, some non-gendered options such as Advent calendars with craft supplies are also available for those who want something different.
In fact, you can always DIY an Advent calendar for that special male in your life. This will give it a personal touch, making it more special.
Myth 3 - Most Advent Calendars Are Filled With Lollies
Fact: Advent calendars are highly customizable, and you can fill them with anything you want.
Most people have grown up knowing and still believe the only way to make an Advent calendar is to fill it with chocolate and lollies. This is, however, not true because you can make an Advent calendar with whatever you like, depending on the recipient.
For instance, our Advent Calendars always include some unique gifts that don’t include sweets and are still a hit.
“I got this for my daughter to avoid the chocolate advent calendar and it is SO much fun!! Everyday has been a cool new exciting item from crafts to hair accessories to stickers and glitter! I look forward to the next advent season” - Symphony
Our interesting girls’ Advent calendars include unique items like a makeup kit, jewelry, hair accessories, and crafts for kids.
The goal is to help someone anticipate a special day — whether a girl or boy. So, including exciting gifts goes a long way in building up the excitement.
To add a special touch, make the gifts really personal. For instance, if your daughter loves makeup products, you can get an Advent calendar with kid-friendly beauty products such as lip balms, and stick-on paper nails.
You can also get calendars inspired by their hobbies, and contain gifts such as craft supplies.
Channel your inner creativity!
If you’re not sure what your favorite girl or boy likes here are some questions you can ask yourself:
- What are their hobbies? Say they enjoy reading books; add some to their collection by curating an Advent calendar with some of the books on their reading list.
- What’s on their bucket list? This is a great way to help someone accomplish their goals. For instance, create a custom Advent calendar with challenges connected to their bucket list, such as zip lining and bungee jumping.
- What do they love? If they really adore their pet, gift them an Advent calendar with pet gifts such as collars and toys.
There’s no limit to the things an Advent calendar can include. You can even get a calendar with prompts about what each day will look like for kids, families, or people who may not be familiar with the traditional customs associated with Advent yet.
Myth 4 - Advent Calendars Have to Be Religious
Source: Amazon.com | Purple Ladybug
Fact: Advent calendars don’t need to be religious; they are highly versatile, customizable, and can be used for all events.
You can find Advent calendars featuring everything from snowmen to puppies, all waiting to reveal a surprise at the end of each day.
If you're not particularly religious, or you don't want to celebrate Advent as a religious holiday but are interested in the history and traditions behind it, there are plenty of ways that this calendar can still fit into your life.
As long as you’re counting down to something, an Advent calendar can be whatever you want it to be. Looking forward to your annual vacation? Get an Advent calendar. Your best friend is turning 50? Make an Advent calendar for them.
Advent calendars are great for all-year fun, and it’s up to you to make the most of them. For example, some Advent calendars are created specifically for girls and feature fun gifts such as legos, painting supplies, and toys without any religious gifts inside.
You should also note that since Advent calendars are often made for December, most store-bought ones often have a Christmas theme. They are, however, not as religious as you may expect them to be.
For instance, you can get a calendar with pet or doll figurines or tickets to fun activities.
The most important thing is setting time aside to reflect on something specific. So, you can get Advent calendars for anything. You can even use them to teach children about different cultures around the world by including fun, educative, and interesting facts alongside the gifts.
It’s all about looking forward to something special at the end of each day, and an Advent calendar can help you get in the mood.
Power up Your Advent Celebration This Year
Advent calendars are meant to be fun and exciting. They don’t have to be bound by religion, gender, or specific gifts (though there are some great choices available for girls). You don’t even have to restrict them to specific seasons.
Remember, you are in the driver’s seat when it comes to choosing the type of Advent calendar you need. So, don’t let the above myths curtail your celebrations. Instead, be creative and use the above tips to spice up your celebrations.
Make your Advent calendar what you want it to be.
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