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Advent Calendars

By Ann Zlotnik

The Advent calendar is a staple in many homes each year. It is a classic representation of the journey to Christmas embodying anticipation and calling for patience. Opening one little window or pulling open one tiny drawer each day can be a challenge for those of us who don't have a lot of patience. Anticipating what might be behind the small, numbered flap can be a valuable lesson encouraging us to take life one day at a time. 

Advent calendars come in many styles. There are paper cutouts, wooden boxes with drawers, and felt banners that hang on the wall, to name just a few. But, besides being part of the Advent tradition, they can also be beautiful pieces of art. The Marian Library has several Advent calendars in its collections. Here are a few that put words to the side and tell a story through imagery and illustration.

Scroll through this gallery to see details from three selected advent calendars.

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