A great way to share the Christmas story
About the Campaign
The Real Advent Calendar is the only one with Fairtrade chocolate, a copy of the Christmas story and which supports charitable projects.
Over the past 18 months many of us have experienced loss, change, and worry: some have lost loved ones or their job, some saw churches and schools closed, some were separated from friends and family. And as we enter the autumn there is apprehension but a determination to come together as best we can. At this time I believe it is more important than ever to share the message of hope, faith and love found in the key festival of Christmas.
The Real Advent calendar was created in 2013 following surveys which showed that 36% of 5-7 year olds did not know whose birthday is celebrated at Christmas.
In the same year 51% of adults said that the birth of Jesus was irrelevant to their Christmas. This is why the Real Advent Calendar comes with a copy of the Christmas story and supports charitable causes.
The Real Advent Calendar is a great way to reverse this tipping point and put Christ back into the hearts of those who no longer know the Christmas story in full. To help with this the Real Advent Calendar comes with a free 24 page Christmas story-activity book. There is a page for every day of Advent and some fun Advent challenges along the way.
Tastes good and does good
The Real Advent Calendar not only shares the Christmas story it is also Fairtrade and charitable. To date, we have donated more than £320,000 from our sales to support charitable projects. By using Fairtrade chocolate, producers get a fair price as well as a 'top-up' cash bonus.
Money raised from this year’s calendar will help The Funzi and Bodo Trust provide mums and babies from poor African villages with care: clinics for pregnant mums, birthing rooms, baby growth and malnutrition clinics. You can read about the work of the Funzi and Bodo trust here https://www.funzi.org.uk/
About Advent and calendars
Advent is the season leading up to Christmas day. It starts four Sundays before Christmas. It’s an exciting time for children as they wait for the big day when they will celebrate Christmas and open their presents.
For Christians it is a time of preparation and waiting too, and recalling the events of the first Christmas more than 2000 years ago. Advent calendars were popular in Germany in the early 1800s and soon spread across Europe. The idea is simple - there is a window to open for each day of advent. It means that one day at a time you can share the journey to Christmas Day.