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Byers’ Choice wooden advent calendars add a modern twist to an age old holiday tradition. For generations, families have marked the coming of Christmas in a variety of ways. From simple chalk markings to lighting candles, families have employed unique ways to enjoy the counting of the 24 days before Christmas. Our Countdown Advent Calendars are thoughtfully designed with 24 numbered doors behind which small surprises can be hidden for each day. Open door number one on December 1st and the next numbered door each day leading up to December 24th. Enjoy this wooden calendar year after year and create a tradition that your family is sure to treasure. There are many different surprises that will fit behind each door depending on their relation, age and interest. Children love small toys, notes and wrapped candy. Older children at heart might like finding tickets, gift cards or even jewelry. Half of the fun is coming up with creative surprises to fill each door. What a great way to get in the holiday spirit and build up the anticipation of Christmas.
In the late 1960s, Joyce Byers, an amateur artist with a degree in fashion design, was disappointed in what she was seeing in the stores: aluminum tinsel trees with garish blue lights. She was looking for holiday decorations with warmth that showed respect for timeless traditions and her own memories of Christmas. From scraps of fabric, a coat hanger, pieces of fur and other materials around the house, Joyce created the first Byers’ Choice Carolers. These Carolers graced the Byers’ dining room table that Christmas, and Joyce gave them as gifts to family and friends. A neighbor suggested taking them to a local store, where they sold quickly. Soon stores around the country were asking for Carolers. The Byers team now oversees a team of 100 artisans in Pennsylvania who now handcraft the same creations that started out on the dining room table many years ago. We’re pleased that the Byers family has become such close friends to the Vaillancourt family over the years.