Advent calendars came about in the 19th century as a way to count down the days leading up to Christmas. They started as lighting candles or making chalk marks on doors.

The actual calendars would feature little doors that hid Bible verses, chocolate, or religious images behind them for each day. But it's 2017 and the Advent calendar game has changed.

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Here are some different ways to count the days till Christmas:

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