Forget the chocolate: Advent calendars go for booze, cheese

NEW YORK (AP) — Advent calendars are hitting the bottle.

The cardboard calendars, typically filled with chocolates, are now being stuffed with cans of beer and bottles of wine. Others have chunks of cheese behind each door.

They’re meant to appeal to nostalgic adults who want to count the days till Christmas with something other than sweets. Many are available in the United States for the first time this year after gaining popularity during the past few holiday seasons in Europe. They’re sold for a limited time, get major social media buzz and tend to sell out quickly.

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