Will you get a calendar this year?
It’s almost December! Which means Christmas is almost here and along with the holidays comes the advent calendars, we all had them as a kid but do you still buy them now? Here’s seven interesting facts about the famous chocolate filled calendars.
1. The origins of the advent calendar comes from 19th century Germany, were Lutherans counted down the first 24 days of December.
2. The first advent calendar was produced in 1851 and was handmade.
3. To conserve paper, the production of advent calendars ceased during World War II.
4. Originally advent calendars would have poems or pictures in them but towards the end of the 1950’s, chocolate advent calendars re-appeared and started to spread across the world.
5. During the Middle Ages, Advent became associated with preparation for the Second Coming. In the early days Advent lasted from November 11, the feast of St. Martin, until Christmas Day.
6. Advent is a time of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.
7. In Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden there is also a tradition of having a calendar in the form of a radio show or TV show.