Some love it and some hate it. But one thing is clear: no-one can escape the Christmas period. So why not just enjoy it? And what tastier way to count the days until Christmas than with an Advent Calendar? In these days of DIY there seems to be a great deal of pressure to make your own Advent Calendar for your loved ones. Anyone collecting loo rolls over the past few weeks in anticipation still gets off fairly lightly. Painting them green or sticking them together and arranging them into a Christmas tree – is something really anyone can do. And the paper bag variation is also quickly achieved: decorate each bag with some Xmas stickers and hang them along a piece of string using simple wooden clothes pegs. The biggest challenges are sure to lie in home-sewn, perfectly formed little bags and sacks that dangle in the bedroom from white and red cords or home-made woodwork pieces that assemble into whole villages. 24 little houses under whose roofs surprises await you – don’t forget the church with the clock tower.
But there is another way. The classic of all classics – i.e. the Advent Calendar you buy yourself – is still sure to be the chocolate calendar. Hidden behind a wintry scene on a cardboard cover with 24 perforated little doors are cavities filled with chocolate figures. Though the whole thing becomes a bit classier with the refillable Advent Calendar from paper expert Sappi from Alfeld
for Swiss chocolatier Fabian Rimann