Who doesn’t like advent calendars…
Advent calendars are used to count down to Christmas.
- Advent calendars typically have openings that may hide pictures, poems, stories and/or small gifts and food items.
- The origins of the advent calendar comes from 19th century Germany, were Lutherans counted down the first 24 days of December.
- Some advent calendars count down to Christmas by lighting candles and are called advent candles.
- The first advent calendar was produced in 1851 and was handmade.
- Although advent calendars normally have 24 openings, some calendars have up to 31 or 32, for New Years Day.
- Although advent calendars are usually used for Christmas, sometimes advent calendars are used for other celebrations or long awaited activities.
- Advent calendars have ‘advent’ in their name since they are used at the start of the Advent, the Christmas season.
- The first printed advent calendar was printed between 1902 – 1908.
- To conserve paper, the production of advent calendars ceased during World War II.
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