12 Days of Christmas

Apart from the usual things associated with Christmas, such as presents, turkey and carol singers, one thing comes to my mind: excitement. The exciting prospect of spending the season with family, all thats delicious food, and of course Father Christmas!

Of course it would be ridiculous to save all that excitement up for just one day, so ways to spread the Christmas thrill over festive season had to be thought up. My favourite, and probably most chocolaty of these, is the Advent Calendar.

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The Advent Calendar is usually the first sign on Christmas in any home, followed by the tree and Quality Street tins. The tradition of the Advent Calendar, like so many of our Christmas traditions, originated in Germany in the late 1800s. Originally the little squares would contain bible passages, but with the secularisation of Christmas they were replaced with little toys, or my favourite, chocolate!

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