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The first American release of Aldi's cheese and wine advent calendars is a festive sensation.
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Two grocery chains offer a lively way to get ready for Christmas.

Aldi and Kroger will both sell limited Advent calendars in November, offering holidaymakers a way to drink in connection with Advent, the religious days leading up to Christmas Eve.

Kroger's first ever "Oh What Fun! Holiday Wine Countdown Calendar" goes on sale November 1 and contains 24 mini-bottles of "festive blend of red, white and sparkling wines" for $ 79.99, the retailer shared with USA TODAY. Only 16,000 calendars will be produced and will not be resold when sold.

For Aldi, this is the second year the US stores sell wine and cheese calendars, which sold out in minutes across the country in November last year. And this year, the discount trade has a new addition – an advent calendar for beer.

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"Whether you're shopping for the wine lover, cheese enthusiast, beer lover, or chocolate connoisseur, we have unique advent calendars that will get everyone in the holiday spirit!" Aldi posted on Facebook Wednesday, noting Say the calendars will go on sale November 6.

Toy and chocolate calendars will also return along with a new advent calendar with dog treats, according to the Aldi website.

The wine calendar, which will have 24 bottles of wine, will cost $ 69.99, the beer calendar $ 49.99 and the cheese calendar $ 14.99, Aldi shared in a Facebook post.

Aldi notes on the website that quantities are limited and that goods may not be available in all stores. Prices may also vary by location.

Last year's wine calendar weighed in at 21 pounds and also costs $ 69.99. After the calendars were sold out in stores, some appeared on eBay with a premium, with at least one selling for $ 300 plus a $ 50.85 shipping fee.

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