A great way to share the Christmas story
About the Campaign
The Real Advent Calendar is the UK’s only Fairtrade Advent calendar which comes with a free 24 page Christmas story-activity book and supports charitable causes.
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.
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
Over the past four years, with the support of schools and churches of all denominations, we have sold more than 500,000 calendars and given away more than £54,000 to charitable causes. We have supported the Funzi Bodo baby clinic in Kenya, Traidcraft Exchange which helps improve the lives of those who grow sugar and cocoa, and the work of The Children’s Society.
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. We are also proud to promote the work of Traidcraft Exchange.
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.