I grew up understanding the meaning of the 'Advent - Calendar'.
It was made for people to reflect on the meaning and prepare for the Christ Child to come.With each day more expectation, and joy when Dec 25th draws close...I just love to have one for our home, makes it very real.
We have a felt advent calendar that we get out every year. We don't have any gifts inside the pockets; we just use it for decoration. There is a little bear that we move from one pocket to another everyday.
I used to buy one for each of my children every year with chocolates inside. My mother in law was really good at crafts, and I am not sure whether she made one for us. I have a container with all her craftwork in it so will have to hunt through that and see if there is one there. I am sure we had one somewhere !!!
In the dim and distant past I think we had them as children . . . before the big "conversion". I have had a chocolate one from Aldi and for the last couple of years I have had the beautiful "virtual" one from Jacquie Lawson.