The 2019 Real Advent Calendar has been officially launched with a new 24-page Christmas story activity book, a children’s competition, with the profits intended to help to transform the lives of children in Kenya.

David Marshall, from the Meaningful Chocolate Company, has said: “The new design 2019 Real Advent Calendar is unique. The calendar comes with a 24-page Christmas story activity book, with a page for every day of Advent and some fun Advent challenges. Behind each of the 25 windows is part of the Christmas story and a festive-shaped Fairtrade milk chocolate. It’s a great way for parents, grandparents and godparents to share the Christmas story. No other calendar enables parents and children to experience the Christmas story for 24 days, and be challenged to do some good in the season.”

The recommended retail price is £3.99, and the calendar can be ordered from

A special competition for young people
To celebrate the launch of the 2019 Real Advent Calendar a special competition is being held. The challenge is for young people to design the front of an Advent Calendar with the theme of ‘The Star Over Bethlehem’.

The competition is open to primary schools, secondary schools, and Sunday schools/Messy Church/youth groups, such as Guides or Boys Brigade. There are three first prizes of £150 in each category, and three runners-up prizes of £50. Cheques for £150 and £50 will be made to the nominated group, and all winners and runners-up will receive a box of our Fairtrade Christmas crackers and tree decorations. More details are at

It is said that money raised from this year’s Real Advent Calendar will help The Funzi and Bodo Trust provide mums and babies from poor African villages with care, including clinics for pregnant mums, birthing rooms, baby growth and malnutrition clinics.