Thanksgiving is this month, which means it's time to start getting ready for Christmas.
Advent is the four-week period leading up to Christmas. This year, it takes place from Sunday, Nov. 28 through Friday, Dec. 24.
The tradition of Advent calendars began in the 1800s, according to Mental Floss. German Protestants allegedly decorated their doors with chalk marks or lit candles to count each day leading up to Christmas.
Advent calendars as we know them now were invented by Gerhard Lang in the early 1900s. When Lang was a kid, his mother gave him 24 cookies and ate one a day. This served as his inspiration to create the first printed, commercial Advent calendar in 1908.
Since then, the calendars have exploded in popularity and gotten increasingly goofier as years go by. Some are less than $20, while others surpass $1,000.
From Squid Games to Legos to the fancy chocolate of your dreams, 2021's Advent calendars are far from typical.
Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, we could all use a little bit of joy and surprise to start our days.Food
Because, I mean, duh.
— For those of you who rely on a little caffeine boost to start your day, this Keurig "24 cups of cheer" Advent calendar might be the one for you (https://krg.bz/3jQTzPI).
— If coffee makes you jittery, or you actually like the taste of "garbage water" (as Ted Lasso would say), this Tea Forte Advent calendar is right up your alley (https://bit.ly/3nDAiCs).