Advent Calendars – A Famous German Christmas Tradition

Advent Calendar

The holiday season is just around the corner and we would like to share our favourite Christmas traditions with you. Advent Calendars are a must have item during the Christmas season whether you are a child or an adult.

An Advent Calendar is a special calendar with 24 windows used to count or celebrate the days in anticipation of Christmas. The calendar begins on December 1st and one of these windows is to be opened every day, over the 24 days leading up to Christmas Eve. The largest window is still reserved for December 24th and usually displays the Nativity.

The origin of the Advent Calendar can be traced back to the 19th and 20th centuries. Advent Calendars are a German invention that were originally designed to involve children in the festivities leading up to Christmas. The first calendars were used by German Lutherans and contained a Christmas scene, Bible verse or prayers behind each window, which Christian families incorporated in their daily Advent devotions.

The Advent season and its celebration have changed over the years from a more serious tradition to one of a more joyous time. Today the most popular version of this calendar is the chocolate-filled variety. The windows open to reveal pieces of chocolate shaped to resemble snowmen, reindeer, Santa, stars, trees, and other Christmas symbols. Advent Calendars are a fun way to countdown to Christmas and the four weeks leading up to Christmas Eve are a happy time for people of all ages.

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