If you haven’t had time to buy an Advent calendar to hang on the wall this year, all is not lost, as today sees the launch of several online calendars. Here are six of the best. Sadly, none of them comes with any online chocolate…
Christmas.org.uk – our very own Advent calendar, produced by Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London, features thoughts and ways to take positive action in campaigns working with people in need this Christmas.
Archbishop of York – John Sentamu, York’s very own Archbish, has launched his own Advent calendar today and will be adding 23 other messages, one per day, in the run-up to Christmas. They will include prayer, reflection, music, food, presents and the joy of Christmas.
Ready steady… slow – produced by the C of E, this online calendar is here to help you unwind and reflect during Advent. ‘The message of Advent is for us to slow down,’ says the first of the 24 videos in the calendar. See the promotional video at the top of this page for a taster.
South Asian Concern – are running a new post every day on their blog during Advent, featuring short films, pictures, prayers and verses. ‘We hope it will help you capture the excitement and hope of this season,’ they say.
The Guardian – for a more secular version of Advent, go to the Guardian’s swashbuckling ‘Comment is free’ section. They’re serving up the heroes and villains of 2010, a new one every morning, in short pieces by well-known writers. Opening the batting is Richard Dawkins, which probably gives the flavour.
i-church the C of E’s online church has taken the theme of angels for its online calendar, and has a wide variety of music, words and pictures, with plenty of contributions from i-church members and friends.
If you’ve seen any other virtual calendars you think we should include, let us know by using the ‘Contact us’ box on the right.