There are handmade, heirloom advent calendars and store-bought, paper calendars, red and green calendars and striped calendars and polka dotted calendars.

Regardless of the form, the excitement of opening a package every day to count down the days until Christmas never fails to delight both the young and the old.

The Chattanooga gift advent calendar offers a daily suggestion for a local purchase to bring a little piece of the Scenic City to the holiday hoard under the tree.


Day 13
There is a particular warmth to cherry wood, especially when a piece of the wood is carved with attention to the richness of the color and the smoothness of the finish.

MoonSpoon-the creative work of a designer and a woodworker in Pennsylvania-brings both to the line of handcrafted utensils and serving accessories. Each piece, available at New Moon Gallery, carries a delicate feature, such as a moon, star, flower or interlaced wood.

The pair behind the beautiful chopsticks, cheese boards, honey stirrers, salad forks, spoons, tea spoons, tea strainers and other kitchen conveniences also supports environmentally sound practices, using only sustainable wood and partnering with Hardwood Forestry Fund.

Where: 307 Manufacturers Road
How much: Individual pieces range from $8 to $36