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Advent Calendar 2011: Counting Down To Christmas

First Posted: 11/26/11 09:26 AM ET   Updated: 11/26/11 10:02 AM ET

An Advent calendar is a special calendar that counts and celebrates the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Some calendars are strictly religious, while others contain more secular content. The tradition of the Advent calendar has existed in some form since the middle of the 19th century. For Christians all over the world, the Advent calendar has been used as a devotional tool to countdown the days of the Advent season that culminates with the celebration of the birth of Christ. Advent calendars have commonly been used for the education and entertainment of children, with daily scriptural readings that sometimes come with a chocolate treat.

Recently, technology has enabled a new twist on this old tradition. Online Advent calendars allow individuals to easily explore scripture verses, daily meditations and other content through the familiar form of the calendar. HuffPost Religion has compiled a few of our favorites which offer unique and thoughtful contributions to this Advent season. What is YOUR favorite online Advent calendar? Add it to this list!

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From November 27 through December 25, Trinity Wall Street's 2011 Advent Calendar, Light Breaks, will use music, video, narration, and photography, to reveal moments of powerful new understanding, awareness and insight. Individual stories will explore public/private partnerships in educating young people; the art of radical hospitality; pastoral care; and the Church as it works with innovative and emerging social movements.
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