Friday, July 25, 2014 · 9:05 p.m.
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Each bird comes with its own brightly colored nest. (Photo: Staff)

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 1
This miniature wooden bird, which comes in both bright and stated colors, serves as more than a decorative accent. The carving is also a bird whistle that warbles a charming tune when filled with water.

The gift is available at Planet Altered and, staying true to the shop’s reputation for collecting fair trade items from around the globe, hails from Peru. 

Where: 48 E Main St.
How much: $8.50

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