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Advent Calendar

My friend Heike sent me a Christmas countdown, all the way from Germany. It’s a box with 24 different teas, one for each day until Christmas. Can’t wait to try them all!

On the day that the package arrived (but before it arrived), I saw this mug at a Hallmark store. Had to go back the next day to buy it, because it was so perfect for this.


16 responses

  1. What a great idea, I will look for it. It should be possible to find here.

    1. December, 2008 at 04:58

  2. By the way; I have told Scott that you can explain (better than me) about the originally German Christmas-calender with 24 “windows” to open. We use it too in Denmark, actually every child have one.

    1. December, 2008 at 06:31

  3. doreen3boys

    Very nice! I’ve never heard of tea for the calendar, great concept. You look into product photography, you have such an eye for it.

    1. December, 2008 at 06:46

  4. Thanks, Birgitte, I just read that on your blog πŸ™‚
    Te most common advent calendars in Germany are the cardboard ones with a Christmas picture on the front, and 24 doors to open. One for every day before Christmas, starting December 1st. Behind every door is a small piece of chocolate. In Germany, Christmas is celebrated on Dec. 24th in the evening, so 24 is the last number on the advent calendar.
    My sister and I got one every year growing up, and I was so happy to be able to find them here in the US for my kids. I’ve seen them at World Market, and Michaels Arts & Crafts. Some grocery stores carry them as well, and you can find the paper ones (with just a picture behind every door) at Hallmark, and some stores that carry Hallmark cards.
    This was one of my favorite Christmas traditions as a child, and of course waiting for the Christkindl (Christ Child) on Christmas Eve.

    1. December, 2008 at 06:46

  5. Thanks Doreen. I’ve never seen the tea either when I still lived in Germany.

    1. December, 2008 at 06:47

  6. dalia

    this is an amazing picture…it could be used in an advertisement!
    Enjoy your tea!

    1. December, 2008 at 07:53

  7. Very cool! Love the mug have I seen it somewhere before? πŸ˜‰

    1. December, 2008 at 07:56

  8. I knew of advent calenders but only the paper kind. Surprized my kids didn’t find the ones with chocolate behind each door. πŸ™‚

    The candle I hadn’t seen before. My extended family opens gifts on Christmas Eve but have Christmas mornings with our individual families. So, I get the best of both worlds. So, to speak.

    Thanks for sharing all the wonderful Christmas traditions!

    1. December, 2008 at 07:58

  9. plainmama

    We always did an advent calendar too. It’s on my list of blogs to do πŸ˜‰

    LOVE your pic, definitely need to look into stock/ad. photography. You are so very talented with it. I love the tea idea too. I can imagine how fun that would be for a tea drinker!

    1. December, 2008 at 08:11

  10. I love Advent calendars. (If you saw my blog today, you would know great minds think alike) This is so sweet. You have great friends Michaela, because you are so nice.

    I was wondering if you do the 4 advent calendars. I thought I remembered seeing a picture of something like that before???

    1. December, 2008 at 08:18

  11. Thanks everyone πŸ™‚
    Anjeanette, yes, already saw your blog today.
    Do you mean the advent wreath? Yes, I have one, too, but not a traditional one (made of fresh “christmas tree” branches). Mine is a wooden one…. also a gift from Heike…. with changeable figurines so you can leave it up all year. I’ll have pictures of that soon, too πŸ™‚

    1. December, 2008 at 08:22

  12. That is such a cute mug, and how nifty a gift from Germany!

    P.S. My tree is not pre-lit. That was blood, sweat and tears baby!

    1. December, 2008 at 09:05

  13. WOW, are you serious??!!! Your tree looks as good as a pre-lit!! You did a great job!!!
    I’m SO glad we have a pre-lit now. Putting the lights on wasn’t so bad, but taking them off always made me dizzy, walking around the tree. LOL

    1. December, 2008 at 09:08

  14. Cheryl

    Awesome Michaela… are there 24 different flavors or does it repeat? Cute concept for tea drinkers. My friends all get the chocolate advent calendars for their kids…

    1. December, 2008 at 09:53

  15. It’s 24 different flavors πŸ™‚
    Haven’t tried the first one yet…

    1. December, 2008 at 09:54

  16. it (the tea) was already there when you saw the mug it just wasn’t in the physical yet

    2. December, 2008 at 06:00

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