Advent calendars were first commercially produced in 1908. Today, the tradition merrily continues on the Net with interactive calendars leading to holiday quotes, inspiration, or online Christmas surprises.
Just up ahead, check out our very own December calendar -- starring Santa himself! -- as kids take cotton balls to create Santa's beard in an annual countdown to Christmas!
Further on, discover more about the hard-copy history of Advent
calendars, which first started in 19th century Germany. Today, you're easiest bet for keeping holiday suspense alive throughout the season is to find digital versions around the Web.
Have fun...and happy holidays!
Instructions: use craft glue or adhesive tape to attach a cotton ball each day
to help grow Santa's beard in this year's December countdown to Christmas!
Printable Advent Calendar - Here's everything you need to print, cut out, and create your very own advent calendar using this PDF file.
Online Advent Calendar - Interactive - The Woodlands Junior School in the UK offers a Christmas trivia quiz each day until Christmas Eve, plus a brief history of Advent calendars and lots more holiday fun online.