December has arrived once more and it brings with it the holiday tradition of advent calendars. Most people are familiar with, and have fond memories of, the “real world” calendars in which a hyperactive child (this is the usual use-case, but your mileage may vary) opens one panel a day to reveal a piece of chocolate, further perpetuating the hyperactivity, up until Christmas day where the chocolate is substituted by presents (or in some rare cases, coal) and the excitable child reaches fever pitch!
Many of us have unfortunately grown out of this tradition, but the web has enabled more useful advent calendars for the older population. It seems the web community is pretty good at this kind of thing and every year brings more resources online - along with successful advents from years past - giving you new and exciting content every day in the run up to Christmas – hey, even web developers need one day off…
PHP Advent, which has been going since 2008, has great articles, tips, tricks, & tidbits about PHP and is curated by Chris Shiflett and Sean Coates.
HTML5 Adventure Calendar is a new website on the scene, showcasing “24 days of killer demos, tutorials, community buzz, and other stuff that Steve Jobs would love”!
Adfont Calendar is another website new this year, made by the people over at Clearleft, you can get a free webfonts from their Fontdeck service every day.
Advent Calendar is a beautifully designed Tumblr theme by Sam Rayner, which allows you to easily create your own online advent calendar.
Freelancember gives you some useful tips to become a better freelancer.
If you know of any other advent calendar websites which are interesting, please add them in the comments and I will update the post with their information.