An Advent calendar is a special calendar used to count or celebrate the days in anticipation of Christmas. The days often overlap with the Christian season of Advent.
Despite the name, most commercially available Advent calendars begin on December 1, regardless of when Advent begins, which can be as early as November 27 and as late as December 3.
Many take the form of a large rectangular card with “windows” of which there are usually 24: one for each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. One is opened every day leading up to Christmas.
The calendar windows open to reveal an image, poem, a portion of a story (such as the story of the Nativity of Jesus) or a small gift, such as a toy or a chocolate item. Some calendars are strictly religious, whereas others are secular in content.
When I was a child, my mother would always buy me or create herself an advent calendar with little trinkets and chocolates. You can see examples of advent calendars on Pinterest here.
In honor of these fond memories, I decided to post a daily picture from NYC or the Tri-State area, related to Christmas.
Here is the first one.