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Ship of Fools seek 'Badvent' calendars nothing to do with the season

A nationwide search is underway to find the ultimate 'Badvent' calendar – the one furthest from the true meaning of Christmas ...

A nationwide search is underway to find the ultimate 'Badvent' calendar – the one furthest from the true meaning of Christmas.

With more than 10 million Advent calendars due to be purchased in the next six weeks, leading Christian webzine Ship of Fools is inviting shoppers to check the shelves of their local stores and find the calendar 'more likely to please Herod than the holy family'.

Francis Goodwin of Christmas Starts with Christ, a campaign that aims to tackle the gradual disappearance of Jesus from Christmas, said: "On window 24 of most Advent calendars you might find pixies, pirates, snow bunnies, even traffic police – but you'll be lucky to see Mary and baby Jesus."

Simon Jenkins, editor of, said: "It's easy enough to be part of our search. Simply take a picture of the calendar you want to nominate, plus a sentence or two explaining why you've chosen it and send it to us at Ship of Fools."

Nominations will close on Friday 24 October 2014. A public vote featuring the shortlisted calendars will follow with results announced in early November.

There are three ways to send your favourite Badvent calendar:

* Tweet: Include @shipoffoolscom in your tweet
* Facebook: Like our Facebook page and then post on it
* Email: Use this address

"We were intrigued last year to see the Meaningful Chocolate Company successfully introduce their Fair Trade Real Advent Calendar, with (gasp!) actual Bible characters and the Bethlehem story, plus a charity focus, into an already crowded market," said Jenkins.

"Their calendar faces even more competition this year from an increasingly bizarre range of competitors. We thought it was time to find the very worst. And that's where you come in. Happy Badvent calendar hunting!"

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