28th November 2018 by Rachel Wallhouse

Now is the time to get your Advent calendar! At the time of writing, we are just 3 days away from the beginning of December, so let the fun begin….

Of course, you don’t need an Advent calendar to know that Christmas is coming, but opening a little numbered door to reveal a prize is a fun idea and helps build up the anticipation of Christmas. Today’s Advent calendars are many and varied, some begin on December 1 and mark the 24 days before Christmas, some feature the 12 days of Christmas and are given as a gift on Christmas Day. They all include little doors or boxes that open to reveal an array of nice gifts… from chocolate to lego, to beauty products, coffee, candles, and even chilli!

And The Whalley Wine Shop is joining in the fun with our…. “12 Gins of Christmas” Advent calendar! A superb looking calendar which includes 12 different gins from Whitley Neill, Liverpool Gin and JJ Whitley. As well as some traditional gins there are some great flavoured gins including raspberry, rose, elderflower, violet, orange and more. Each window opens up to a 5cl miniature gin, so if the fancy takes you, you can celebrate the run up to Christmas with a daily double gin! Priced at £39.99, this makes a great countdown to Christmas or a great gift for giving on Christmas morning.

Here’s three interesting things you might not know about Advent Calendars….

  1. The first printed Advent calendar was printed in Germany in the early 1900s. A German newspaper included an Advent calendar insert as a gift to its readers and featured 24 coloured pictures attached to a piece of cardboard. Later they were modified to include little doors with a piece of chocolate behind them and became a huge commercial success in Germany.
  2. The world’s largest Advent calendar was built in 2007 at the St. Pancras train station in London measuring 232 feet and celebrated the reopening of the station following a renovation.
  3. Advent was originally a religious period beginning on the Sunday nearest the feast day of St. Andrew (Nov 30) through the following three Sundays. Historians estimate that Advent has been celebrated since the 4th century anticipating the anniversary of Christ’s birth on December 25.


The Team at The Whalley Wine Shop