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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-14-2019

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72 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2019 | THE VALLEY BREEZE Advent Calendars – ©2019 GREEN SHOOT MEDIA. Many reusable calendars start Dec. 1, even though the actual first Sunday of Advent may be before or after, depending on the Chris- tian liturgical calendar. They come in an astounding variety of forms, from wooden ones with drawers, cards with windows, blankets. Yes, blankets. COUNTDOWN So even if you're not a practicing Christian or particu- larly religious, you can still have some form of Advent calendar as a Christmas countdown. If you're looking for a reusable one, there are many to choose from that can fit your decor. Traditionally, each window or drawer holds a candy, picture or other trinket. You can also wrap up children's books, however, or come up with another daily reward for your family to celebrate the season. RELIGIOUS OBSERVATIONS If you're an observant Chris- tian, you can get Advent calendars that open up to an image, poem or part of the Nativity study. If you have a reusable calendar, consider putting in a Bible verse or prayer that can be part of your family's Advent devotions. NONTRADITIONAL ADVENT CALENDARS The popularity of advent calendars means there's now an Advent calendar for everything. Beauty products, pop culture figurines, toys, wine and more now come in Advent calendar collections. These make great early season Christmas gifts (don't make it too late, then they can't countdown!). Coined by German Lutherans, Advent calendars are used to count down the days of Advent toward Christmas. NOV-14-2019-GIFT-CL-Laura.indd 72 11/4/19 8:28 AM

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