A few weeks ago there was a launch of the CAFOD iPhone App: "Featuring inspiring stories, photos and reflections from our partners and projects around the world, CAFOD’s first app is a great alternative to the usual chocolate filled calendars. Why not instead try a calendar that inspires you to put faith into action for our brothers and sisters around the world this advent?"
The Archbishop of York has launched his own online Advent Calendar. According to his website:
"Every day in December to the run up to Christmas, the Archbishop will write a daily reflection on his website – and this year he will also record four YouTube videos, one for each of the Sundays in Advent."
Companies even offer to build your own online advent calendar - see here - and organisations such as West Midlands Police and Liverpool Museums have seen this as a way of advertising and promoting particular campaigns.
There are also Christian online advent calendars, such as the one at BeliefNet.
However the all important questions: are we happy not physically opening a fiddly little door each day? Are we happy without a nice little chocolate to eat for breakfast every day?! Perhaps online calendars can help us try to reflect on the true purpose of advent.