Monday, December 12, 2016

Advent Week 3- Chocolate and Food Related Calendars

If you have ever had chocolate from an Advent calendar, you are aware that it isn’t exactly the best tasting chocolate out there. That being said, chocolate advent calendars are a fun way to countdown to Christmas.  While little is known about the origins of chocolate Advent calendars, President Dwight D. Eisenhower is often credited with the increased popularity of the Advent calendar in the United States. A photograph of him using an Advent calendar with his grandchildren was printed in several newspapers across the country during his presidency.
 The popularity of edible Advent calendars has steadily increased over the past few Christmas seasons and there’s no telling what people will think of next. If you enjoy baking and cooking (or even if you don’t!), check out this Advent calendar from The Episcopal Church called Make Ready the Feast. Though the kick-off was November 20th, it’s never too late to start preparing yourself for the coming of Christ, via delicious recipes and the study of scripture. Happy cooking and baking!  

Make Ready the Feast Advent Calendar

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