The Tradition of Advent: Add Some Oily Fun to Your Holiday Season

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The Tradition of Advent Calendars

The Holiday season is full of magical memories. Many of us fondly remember waking up and running to the Advent calendar to see what each day’s special treat would be. While you don’t need an Advent calendar to know that Christmas is coming, opening up those little doors made every day feel like a mini-Christmas!

Today there are many different kinds of Advent calendars, from social media Advent calendars to heirloom calendars passed from generation to generation. And modern Advent calendars are often not specifically Christmas themed, so this fun activity can fit into each family’s unique holiday tradition.

The fun of an Advent calendar is something that everyone – religious or not – can enjoy!


Why Celebrate Advent?

advent calendarThe tradition of an Advent calendar is a wonderful way to enjoy every single day of the holiday season while counting down to Christmas Day. By taking the time to enjoy a moment of surprise and joy every day, we can slow down, be more mindful, and really appreciate the holidays all month long.


The History of Advent

advent calendarAdvent has been associated with the Christmas holiday since the 19th Century. Traditionally, Advent is the four week period leading up to Christmas, during which people excitedly count down to the Holiday.

The first record of an actual Advent calendar comes from 1851 and was made entirely by hand. In the 20th century, Advent calendars evolved into the format we know and love. Today we have paper calendars with little doors to open for each day leading up to Christmas, each door containing a different small surprise.

Though you might not know it from the stores (which released Christmas decorations in October this year), this four-week period is the traditional time for counting down to Christmas Day. Today many people shorten this period to just the 12 days before Christmas itself. In 2019, the Advent Season will be from Sunday, December 1st to Tuesday, December 24th, Christmas Eve.


Celebrating Advent with Essential Oils: 12 Days of Essentials

advent calendarThis year, celebrate the Holiday season with Plant Therapy’s limited-edition Advent Calendar filled with essential oils! Count down the days with 12 favorite past and present oils you’re sure to love Forever. Sweet Peppermint, tangy fresh-cut Fir and spicy Cinnamon bring back memories of Christmas past. Revel in the anticipation of Christmas Day, the warm Appreciation for family gatherings, and the exciting holiday traditions we all love.  Each 5 mL bottle comes dressed up for the season in a new, custom holiday label. Plus, six of the oily surprises are KidSafe! 

Diffuse each daily treat to keep your holiday season Fresh, fun and filled with comfort and joy. 

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One comment on “The Tradition of Advent Calendars”

  • Advent is a time of preparation for the gift of Jesus as taught by the Catholic church. The word advent, from Latin, means “the coming.” Advent has probably been observed since the fourth century. Originally, it was a time when converts to Christianity readied themselves for baptism. During the Middle Ages, Advent became associated with preparation for the Second Coming. An advent calendar is a card or poster with twenty-four small doors, one to be opened each day from December 1 until Christmas Eve. Each door conceals a picture. This popular tradition arose in Germany in the late 1800s and soon spread throughout Europe and North America. Originally, the images in Advent calendars were derived from the Hebrew Bible. Considered a fun way of counting down the days until Christmas, many Advent calendars today have no religious content. Now, alongside traditional Advent calendars depicting angels and biblical figures are those whose doors open to display teddy bears, pieces of chocolate, or photos of pop stars.

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