Advent vs. Countdown vs. LIFE Calendars

Advent Calendars are so much fun!!! It’s exciting to wake up each morning and open a new window wondering what could possibly be behind the little door.

The meaning of Advent has changed over the years. Advent was a season of preparation for the baptism of new Christians at the January feast of Epiphany. Christians would spend 40 days in penance, prayer, and fasting to prepare for this celebration. Today however, Advent is celebrated as the 24 days before Christmas… The Birth of Baby Jesus.

The idea of a paper poster or card with 24 small doors to open began in Germany in the late 1800s… and soon spread throughout Europe and North America. Originally pictures were from the Hebrew Bible… or words of Scripture. Many calendars today have no religious content.

This year Unique and Novel is excited to offer 2 new designs in addition to last year’s Snowman, with the choice of three completely different inside surprises. Depending on the style… it could be a cute picture, a Random Act of Kindness, or a Riddle. A 25th door has been included as the ‘Ta-Dah’ moment.

Advent Calendars

Advent Calendars

A Countdown Calendar differs from an Advent Calendar in many ways. Most importantly the idea behind the Countdown Calendar is to create excitement for many of life’s upcoming celebrations. For example… a Wedding, Birthday, Retirement, Vacation, Return from Deployment, Graduation. These are only a small sampling of ideas on our design boards here at Unique and Novel.

In essence, the two calendars are designed the same. Both are essentially a picture with 25 windows and a surprise behind each one. The designs and purpose are what set them apart.

In addition to Advent and Countdown Calendars… Unique and Novel is in the process of developing LIFE Calendars… Daily suggestions and happy thoughts to help you achieve a better life. Want to lose a few pounds, or to live a calmer life? Want to giggle every morning for 25 days in a row? How about reading an Inspirational quote to start your day??? All of these and MORE are in the works.

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All calendars will be available for purchase in my ESTY store as they come off the design table.

Choose from:

Ornament Design…

Ornament Design

Ornament Design

Or Nutcracker Design:

Nutcracker Design

Nutcracker Design


How to place a CUSTOM ORDER will be available in my ESTY SHOP soon!!