Here are some highlights from this year’s digital advent calendars shared by charities, museums and other not-for-profits. It’s been a grim year, so here is some festive cheer for you to view and share with others.
Roundabout Drama have a story behind each door of their advent calendar. Day 1 is illustrated by Maxmillian and Sebastian.
Each day Streetwise Opera are sharing contributions from artists who have joined in with A Gallery For All.
Manchester Museum are sharing a caring Christmas calendar.
Jane Austen’s House are sharing a 12 days of Christmas traditions which Jane might have enjoyed. Includes audio recorded by Emma Thompson and material from their archive.
- National Library of Wales are sharing wintery images from their archive
- Yorkshire Dales are sharing photos from beautiful locations in the region.
- Staffordshire Wildlife Trust are sharing winter and Christmas themed wildlife posts.
- Art UK are sharing images via #ArtAdvent chosen by their staff team.
Stories and successes
Cats Protection are sharing their annual #CatventCalendar with heart-warming moggy stories every day by email and social media.
Throughout December Stroke Assocation will be celebrating #HopeAfterStroke – sharing stroke survivors’ and carers first glimmers of hope and celebrating the way the charity and supporters have helped to provide hope.
See Me Scotland are sharing nuggets from their year and resources about mental health. Follow #AntiStigmaAdvent.
Gateshead People’s Assembly are sharing photos to remind their community what pre-pandemic life looked like. “It won’t be long until we are all back together.”
Dr Jenner’s House is running a #VaccineAdventCalendar. The Preventable Disease Advent Calendar will share 24 different infectious diseases, all of which can be prevented by vaccination.
CIPR Not-for-Profit are once again sharing learning through their Twitter calendar.
NAVCA are doing the same.
Liverpool John Moore University’s Student Advice and Wellbeing team are sharing content each day including a live cookalong and DIY gift making on Instagram.
Love Food Hate Waste are sharing tips about reducing food waste over Christmas.
Museums, galleries and heritage sites are sharing items from their collections. Expore #MuseumAdvent and take a look at:
- Colchester Museums on Twitter
- The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery website
- Worthing Theatre and Museum website
- Museum of Oxford are running #MoxMas on Twitter
- Abney Park, one of London’s magnificent seven cemeteries, have a website calendar.
- BBC Bitesize have shared a kindness calendar with an action you can do every day.
- Action on Happiness’ December calendar is also all about kindness. #DoGoodDecember
The best of the rest
- The National Literacy Trust are sharing books which focus on representation in this year’s calendar.
- Dogs Trust Leeds are sharing stories of dogs in their care.
- RNIB’s advent calendar – full of good things.
Seen any others? Let me know and I’ll add them here.
** Follow some of these calendars using this handy Twitter list. **
It’s not too late to run a calendar. Last year many organisations ran 12 days of Christmas reveals in the quiet time after Christmas. If you have some content to make your community smile this time of year, why not package it as a calendar?
I should also give a special mention to Richard Sved whose Festive Fundraising Jukebox is raising money for Youth Talk and Alcohol Change UK. Here’s The Holly and the Ivy. He’s taking requests. Get yours in early!