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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Advent calendar

The Season of Advent, which begins on a Sunday about four weeks before Christmas Day, is celebrated by many western Christians. It is a time for people to prepare or the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Special Advent Calendars are made for children, with pictures or treats for each day of Advent.

"Marianne Schneegans Adventskalender" by Marianne Schneegans (1946) via Wikipedia Commons

The first advent calendars were chalk lines made by German protestant families for every day in December until Christmas Eve.

The first commercial advent calendars were printed in Germany in 1851. They were made out of fabric and each day had a little pocket filled with sweets. Originally used just by German Lutherans, they are now ubiquitous among adherents of many Christian denominations.

The first printed calendar appeared in Munich in 1903.

To conserve paper, the production of advent calendars ceased in the UK during World War II.

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