Calendars another way to anticipate Christmas
Advent isn’t a religious holiday celebrated only in a church or with a wreath and candles.
Advent calendars, seen in stores or made at home, also are a way to anticipate Christmas.
Most Advent calendars have 24 spaces in which items can be placed, hidden by a door or window. Those items often include chocolates, stickers or miniature ornaments.
Each day, beginning Dec. 1, the item for that day is taken out and enjoyed.
The Rev. Keith Sheppard of Monument View Bible Church, 1173 17 1/2 Road, in Fruita, and his wife use Advent calendars as a fun way to get their boys in the holiday frame of mind.
The couple put small treats as well as Bible verses specific to the Advent season inside the calendar spaces to help their children learn more about the season and their faith.