Day 718: Reverse Advent Calendar

Reverse Advent Calendar idea from the CBC’s Julie Van Rosendaal.

Now I’m a big fan of the traditional Advent Calendar… a chocolate a day? What’s not to like? Oh, and of course preparing for the beautiful event that is Christmas Day. 🙂 To quote one of my favourite carols: “When love came down to the Earth.”

Saw this radical idea this morning HERE  though, and I think it’s brilliant! A reverse Advent Calendar. Truly flipping the idea around from getting to giving… which, to me is what Christmas is truly about anyway.

It’s easy. Simply turn two wine boxes (or you could make your own container) on their sides and for the weeks leading up to Christmas, add a non-perishable food item into each slot. When all the slots are full, bring everything to a food bank drop off (fire hall, bin at the front of the grocery store, etc.).

I usually try to get one or two extra items whenever I’m at the store and drop them into the food bank bin at the front, but I know the need is greater over the holidays so I’m going to try this. (And don’t ask why we happen to have a bunch of empty wine boxes at home.)

According to Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank, the most needed items include:

  • dried/canned beans or lentils
  • rice
  • canned fruits and vegetables
  • pasta and tomato pasta sauce
  • peanut butter
  • canned fish/meat
  • oatmeal
  • baby formula/cereal and baby food

Happy Adventing, everyone!


Here’s another cool idea for an Advent Calendar … a good deed a day… what a concept! 🙂 Download one for kids, one for adults.

p.p.s.s. This always puts me in a Christmas mood. Enjoy!


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