Advent Calendars For Your Mac (Or iPhone/iPod touch) - The Festive Mac 2009 [Updated]

11825 November 29 is the first Sunday in Advent — the beginning of the new year for the Christian Church and the church season that leads up to Christmas Day. Advent derives from the Latin word (‘adventus’, from advenire, from ad – to + venire to come) for an "arrival" or a "coming".

Advent begins on the Sunday nearest to 30th November (St. Andrew's Day) and lasts until midnight on Christmas Eve.

• November 29 - First Sunday of Advent 2009
• December 6 - Second Sunday of Advent 2009
• December 13 - Third Sunday of Advent 2009
• December 20 - Fourth Sunday of Advent 2009
• 25 December: Christmas 2009

During Advent, it has been a tradition (that seems to be more popular than ever recently) to make or buy Advent calendars to mark the days leading up to Christmas. Usually these calendars have twenty-four "windows." Traditional calendar windows open up to show a picture of something pertaining to the time of year. The last window opened usually depicts the Christ Child lying in a manger.

It is also possible to enjoy an Advent calendar on your Mac, iPhone or iPod touch. Here are several software suggestions.


Xmas Fun 2.1 By Gourmet Pixel Ltd.

They can't wait for Christmas, so Gourmet Pixel Ltd. have made this one the biggest and best Christmas app. for iPhone and iPod touch - the only one you ever need. Xmas Fun 2.1 includes:

• Xmas Day Countdown
• Advent Calendar With Surprises
• Gift List
• Toys
• Games
• Festive Jokes
• Christmas songs
• Wintery wallpapers

Once 1 December arrives, you can open your first window and start unlocking the secrets in this Christmas application.


Also new this year is a gift list, so you can keep track of all your present ideas. You can store the name of the person, and the gift idea, then take it off the list when you've bought it.

This app works every Christmas year after year, so agreat value compared to the calendar in the shop. Previous version users update to this feature packed version for free.

New in this version:
• Just tweaking some of the toys that you will unlock during Christmas.

System requirements:
• Compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch (second generation)

• Requires iPhone OS two or later.

• Current version 2.1 (iPhone OS 3.0 tested)

13.9 MB


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Advent2009 Free iPhone Advent Calendar

Advent2009 helps you celebrate, prepare for, and count down the days until Christmas.

Each day from December 1st until Christmas Day, holiday traditions, verses, gift suggestions, practical advice, and more will appear.


On the main screen, you can touch the numbers (once they appear at midnight). And on the day screens, you can touch the individual items to find out more about them. Touch the day number or the More button to see all the content for that day!

Share what you find on Email, Facebook or Twitter.

Let your own music library set the soundtrack to Christmas.

Be prepared everyday this Christmas season; let Advent2009 keep you in the Christmas spirit.

For more information, visit:


Full Homely Divinity Advent Calendar

The Traditional Anglican Organization Full Homely Divinity says:

As the culture of the Church yields more and more to the priorities and the attitudes of the secular culture, and as Christmas becomes for many people a secular holiday that begins at Thanksgiving (at the end of November in the U.S.) and comes to an end shortly after dinner on December 25th, it becomes more and more difficult to observe the season of Advent with any integrity, even within the Church. Christmas concerts, Christmas parties, even Christmas services of lessons and carols are held from early December on, building to an almost anti-climactic series of services on December 24th and 25th. Those who insist on waiting to celebrate Christmas when it actually arrives are regarded as dreary pedants who are simply out-of-step with reality or insensitive to the feelings of those who prefer to follow their own traditions rather than the ancient cadences of the Church year. Although they have a high view of the faith and the feast, they are often dismissed as modern day Ebenezer Scrooges, who thought Christmas was humbug and did not even care that Advent existed.

Finding ourselves a bit frustrated by Advent Calendars that are more about Christmas than Advent, we decided to try our hand at creating our own online Advent Calendar. The background for our calendar is a Jesse Tree on an ivory panel from Bavaria, c. 1200, which is now at the Louvre Museum in Paris.


As is the case with most Advent calendars, ours begins on December 1st, rather than the First Sunday of Advent. That simply means that in some years you will have to start the calendar a day or two before Advent begins, while in other years, it will not have enough days. Click on the numbers to follow a link for each day of December leading up to Christmas. The numbers beyond the current day are not yet linked to the page of the day. You can look back at days you have missed, but you will have to come back for the days that are still ahead. The Jesse Tree provides one of the themes of the project: the ancient faith history of the people of God as the forebears of the Messiah lived it. The calendar also looks forward to the culmination of God's plan at the end of time, linking the faith history of the past with John's grand apocalyptic vision in the Book of Revelation.


The Jesse Tree provides one of the themes of the project: the ancient faith history of the people of God as the forebears of the Messiah lived it. The calendar also looks forward to the culmination of God's plan at the end of time, linking the faith history of the past with John's grand apocalyptic vision in the Book of Revelation.

You can check it out at:

If you're interested in learning more about the Advent tradition, visit here:

and here:

On Keeping The Twelve Days Of Christmas:


Advent Calendar 1.0

This is an animated Advent calendar with a natural winter background.


$14.95 Shareware

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iChristmas Advent Calendar iPhone/iTouch Application

Matter Software currently has two Advent calendars available for purchase on the Apple ITunes Store.

Advent Calendar iChristmas is a simple, easy to use app that will help you relive your childhood and the anticipation of opening a gift every day in the lead up to Christmas.


Advent Calendar - iChristmas application is just like the Traditional Advent Calendars with something to open each day, just it is on your iPhone/iTouch. It also has the added benefit of a countdown timer to Christmas so you always know how long till Christmas.

Advent Calendar - iChristmas has two themes
1. iChristmas - based on the principle of receiving a gift everyday to decorate your Christmas Tree


2. iCute - for lovers of animals - each day they can open a unique Christmas image. If you love Animals and Christmas then A Cute Christmas Advent Calendar is for you.


With beautiful and unique pictures this app will be sure to put a smile on your face every day in the lead up to Christmas.

You also get the added benefit of being able to switch themes to a traditional christmas tree and gifts.

This application is just like the Traditional Advent Calendars with a door to open each day, just it is on your iPhone/iTouch. It also has the added benefit of a countdown timer to Christmas so you always know how long till Santa comes.

You can switch between these two themes at any time.

Don't forget you can't open any of your gifts until the 1st of December. But if you really cant wait - you can change your date settings to December and have a sneek peak.


So what are you waiting for? Download this great application now and enjoy the thrill and anticipation of your own iPhone/iTouch advent calendar in the lead up to Christmas 2009.

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iAdventCal 2.0

This is your Advent calendar 2009. It has lots of surprises leg videos, nice and funny pictures, and little games. This will help make the days go faster until Santa comes.


This app requires an Internet connection.

• New in this version
• Updated for 2009
• Bug fixes
• New "presnets"
• New icon.

• English, German[

System Requirements:
• Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch
• Requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or late
• Tested with iPhone OS 3.0


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PhotoAdvent 2.0

An Advent Calendar is a special Christmas calendar with 25 numbered windows. Behind each window is a picture. You open one window on each day of December leading up to Christmas.

PhotoAdvent is a personalized Advent Calendar that runs on your computer using your pictures. PhotoAdvent allows you to import your own picture files so that when you click on a day in the Advent Calendar, the pictures which are revealed are yours.


The program opens on a snow scene with 25 numbered boxes. You click on the dates in order to expand them and then click and drag your mouse to gradually reveal the pictures hidden behind the dates.

PhotoAdvent comes with 25 pictures built in. So even if you never import a single picture, you'll still have a working advent calendar this Christmas.

But what makes PhotoAdvent special is that the pictures behind the numbers can be your pictures. PhotoAdvent comes with the ability to import picture files from your computer (BMPs for Windows, PICTs for Macintosh). Pictures of your kids, your pets, birthdays, weddings, Halloween...any pictures you have!

Registered users can import pictures for all 25 days of the calendar. Unregistered copies of PhotoAdvent are limited to importing 5 pictures.

Although PhotoAdvent is not a screen saver, certain entertaining things do happen when PhotoAdvent is left idle for a period of time.

Minimum System Requirements for Macintosh:
System: System 7.0 or later
Processor: 68030 or better (PowerPC or better strongly recommended.)
Memory: 8 Mb RAM
Monitor: 640x480, 256 colors (Thousands of colors strongly recommended.)
Disk Space: Around 1 MB

System support:

PhotoAdvent is now freeware (formerly $20).

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Adventskranz Dashboard Wreath Widget 1.1

This widget decorates your Dashboard at Christmas time. Light a candle on your virtual Advent wreath each Sunday in Advent season.


System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later


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JAlbum Skin: Advent Calendar

This skin allows you to create your own advent calendars. Point it at a directory with 25 or more images in it and generate. It will take the first image as the background for the calendar, and the next 24 as the window pictures. The web page will only allow you to open each door when you have passed the appropriate day, and it uses a cookie to remember which doors you have already opened. For the real icing on the cake, it has snowflakes drifiting down the screen.


Runs just on javascript, so does not require php

Works with Firefox, possibly other browsers (Mac compatibility not yet established).

To check it out, click here.


Christmas Calendar 1.0

This is a Christmas Calendar widget for Mac OS X 10.4. (Tiger). It contains 24 "Windows jokes" - one behind every door - until Christmas Eve! In other words: '24 Reasons why you are glad you've got a Mac'!


If you try to open a door too early you'll see the cat image and the number of days you still have to wait. There is a "Show Anyway" - Button, but I trust you not to use it.


File size:2.9 MB

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A couple of online Advent calendars can be found here:
and here:

And links to a vast assortment of Computer advent calendars here:

Charles W. Moore

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