The 2016 Westminster Libraries & Archives online Advent Calendar is here! Treats behind each door number become live at midnight each night, starting tonight. Each day we will entertain you with local history photographs, useful tips (on festive cookery, local activities, crafts for kids and much more) and more bits of interesting Christmas knowledge than you can shake a candy cane at.
For real world enjoyment, here’s a great idea – make a book Advent Calendar!
Of course, our Advent Calendar is really all you need. However, in the interests of fairness, objectivity and all round librarianly generosity we thought we’d share a few other online calendars we’ve found…
- St Margaret Mary Parish, Illinois
A biblical reading for each day of Advent, with a piece of religious art alongside each. As a religious Advent calendar, it started on 27 November this year.
- Open University Library
We love this one from the OU.
- Orkney Archives
Christmassy pictures, letters and sound archives from Orkney.
- Booktrust: Discover a new book every day
The reading charity highlighted 24 of their favourite children’s books in 2015 – but books don’t get stale.
- Bookriot’s Literary Advent Calendar
Christmas poems, essays, and short stories from the US site.
- National Museums Liverpool
Featuring surprises from their collections and displays. There is also a lovely online ‘Christmas Museum‘.
- Horniman Museum and Gardens
A different object from their collection every day this month on Instagram.
- Ashmolean Museum
Beautiful images from the University of Oxford museum.
- It’s a Shape Christmas
Design students, graduates and professionals are each given a shape and asked to design a digital artwork. One is released each day and any donations made in response go to charity.
- Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar
An image a day from space.
- Economist Daily Chart Advent Calendar
The 24 most popular maps, charts, data visualisations and interactive features of 2016, ending up with their most popular infographic of the year on 24 December.
Not sure about the music, but it promises games, puzzles and surprises…
- The Children’s Society
Well-being Advent Calendar, with reflections on scripture.
- Royal Navy Advent Calendar
With Christmas messages from serving personnel.
- And in the real world, we wish we could get down to Hove for some of the annual Beach Hut Advent Calendar openings. What a great idea!
We’ve discovered in previous years that many of these calendars are only publicised in Advent itself, so we will add others to this post as we come across them – do check back for more. And if you’ve found one you’d like to share, please add it in the comments!