If you celebrate Christmas but dislike all the unhealthy excess involved in the run-up to it, you may be interested in the alternative, healthy advent calendar devised by MSN's Life and Style section. They say:
'Traditionally, the period of advent involves waiting and preparing for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ… and eating a heck of a lot of chocolate. But you do not have to use the time in the run-up to Christmas to merely devour your body weight in the sweet stuff.
We have come up with an alternative advent calendar that will help you make the most of the three weeks before Christmas, including ways to boost your health, feel better about your contribution to the environment and, most of all, have a bit of fun.'