Husband and I were antique shopping Sunday afternoon and came across some beautiful, unused Advent Calendars. One thing about them: none of them had anything to do with Jesus.
It has never been obligatory for an Advent Calendar to be about Jesus. While I think of "advent" as a religious word, "Advent Calendar" is not.
I believe the concept originated in Germany in the 1800s. Many Advent Calendars had a small piece of chocolate behind each door.
I got a beautiful Advent Calendar at the Metropolitan Museum Art when we were there in November. It is just as much about the art as it is about the nativity. (can't find a picture of it on line, though I did find this nifty one:)Image from here
Anyway, my apologies to Olive lovers. And enjoy your Advent calendars, religious or otherwise!