When the Advent Calendars start appearing on the shelves, you know it’s not long until the countdown to the festive season.

The origin of the Advent Calendar can be traced back to the 19th. Century. The first styles came from the protestant area when religious families made a chalk line for every day in December until Christmas Eve. The first known Advent Calendar which was made by handwork is from the year 1851.

Since the date of the First Sunday of Advent varies, falling between November 27 and December 3, most Advent Calendars start on the 1st December and finish on the 24th December.

Traditionally Advent Calendars are used to countdown the day of Advent in anticipation of Christmas and were initially a paper or cardboard calendar. These days they are more substantial with each window filled with a surprise for the child.

You can pay anything from a couple of dollars up to $100 for some of the Advent Calendars in the stores and online. From chocolates to stationary to toys…the choice is endless but whatever you choose the meaning is still the same. Kids love the countdown to Christmas, especially if they get a little treat each day leading up to the big day.

We have found the best Advent Calendars for kids in 2018 below!

  • Peppa Pig Advent Calendar BIG W RRP $39