Advent calendars now come in many forms, but the tradition began simply enough when German families in the mid-nineteenth century started counting the days until Christmas by tallying chalk marks on a door or wall. Advent Calendars is a wonderful way to count down.The days until Christmas and get your household in the festive spirit! This advent calendar can stand on a mantelpiece, chest of drawers in a bedroom, or on the kitchen worktop. Many with devotion or Scripture to reinforce the true meaning of Christmas for the whole family. Each date on the calendar will have a box to open.