The greatest Advent calendars of all time: Number 1

Filed in Spirituality by on December 3, 2013 3 Comments

I was given this tiny Advent calendar as a gift on Sunday, all the way from Germany. It’s about 10cm x 5cm. I thought it was very sweet but a bit boring – until I turned it over! Every number has a Smartie behind it that you can pop out like a paracetamol.

OK, perhaps it reflects our quick-fix culture and undermines the spirit of contemplative waiting that characterises Advent. But it is keeping me focussed on the Lord, sitting on the desk in front of me, as I contemplatively wait for the next Smartie.

Here is the traditional front:


And here is the glorious view from the back!


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Fr Stephen Wang is a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Westminster. He is currently Senior University Chaplain for the Archdiocese. Some of his articles have previously been published on his personal blog, Bridges and Tangents. See:

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  1. Sister Karen Marguerite OP says:

    You are most definitely a child at heart! Lovely!

  2. John Murphy LLB LLM says:

    Hello Father Stephen

    Is it not a supreme irony that as we await the coming of the Prince of Peace and my children are busy rehearsing for their Nativity plays, making costumes, opening their Nativity Calendars, and singing Carols at their Roman Catholic School and only last month the same schools were encouraging the children to wear the Royal British Legion Poppy to support our boys and heroes?

  3. A nice post Father Stephen. I am trying to work out if there is any liturgical significance in the colours of the smarties. Apart from the purple ones, I’m afraid I can’t. The picture on the front is beautiful though.

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