This Year’s Advent

Here’s a clutch of online advent calendars – traditional, innovative or alternative – for those who still enjoy the day-to-day door-opening treat that these things bring. Hey no really! One has films from around Europe even. UPDATED 7/12

Boston Globe Hubble telescope photos
Last year’s was sublime, and I’ve just found the 2010 edition. A breath-taking photo from the cosmos each day.
Hubble 2010

Tate the cat
For about the last ten years Penny Schenk has produced delightful, warm-hearted advent calendar stories featuring Tate the cat. This year she’s giving us something a little different: Limericks for Cats & Other Animals. (You will learn the names of many cheeses.)

Electric December
Another long running project, each year a Bristol based curation of short films and animations is presented in a 24-day format, with offerings from schools, community groups and art organisations – this year picked from entries submitted from the UK, Italy, Lithuania amongst others. Electric December 2010 (Discipline needed to watch one-a-day, as all 24 on tap now.)

Liverpool Museums
Last year’s offering had a load of vintage pictures and interesting information, and tied in with local events. Liverpool Museums 2010

Moonlit RobinsAnd also:
Boowa & Kwala (simple bold fun)..SantaGames.net (kids puzzles)…Radio3 Bach Calendar (Bach-heavy, as expected)…Tate Gallery (picture-a-day, with kids soundbites)

Plus – nice stuff from previous years:
Hubble Space Telescope – Beautiful photos of cosmic and stellar phenomenon.
New York Carver – Medieval Christmas stories, legends and images from the Middle Ages.
Woodlands Junior School – Discover fascinating facts about how Christmas is celebrated in countries around the World.
Penelope Illustration – Each day’s bauble leads to a different illustrator’s contribution.
Tate gallery 2007

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One Response to This Year’s Advent

  1. ian russell says:

    I enjoyed Electric December last year, looking forward to the new ones.

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