Advent calendars

“Happy December 1!” my son said to me this morning. Sure. He bounded downstairs to open the first door on his advent calendar. This one, from Jordan Wood in Grass Valley, is a big wooden box with 24 doors. A family friend gave it to him last year.

This year she sent up a box of goodies for each door: Today’s was a wind-up Santa Claus toy that has our dog curious.

The history of advent calendars goes back to the German Lutherans in the 19th century. When I was a child, we used to get paper-made advent calendars that had chocolates inside. Now there are Lego advent calendars. What a world.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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