Advent Calendars

Advent Calendars

Do you have an Advent calendar?  Advent calendars are traced back to the 1800s.  Advent marks the beginning of the Christmas season for many churches.  In 1839, the first public Advent wreath was hung in Hamburg, Germany.  In 1902, the first printed Advent calendar was made.  After that, each year the calendar evolved eventually into a calendar with 24 little doors.

The practice ended during WW2 to save paper.  After the war, printing resumed.  The traditional advent calendars only revealed a picture behind their doors, but soon began to include chocolate and toys.

First, here’s my advent calendar:

Yep, my advent calendar is a gingerbread house!

I fill mine with mini ornaments.  When I take the decorations down, I place the ornaments randomly back inside.  That way, every year I am surprised because I never remember what they all look like!

Let’s look at some Advent calendars!

an advent tree with presents hidden

A nativity scene for kids

many calendars take the shape of trees

this one is also a music box
Do you recognize this one? It’s from Christmas Vacation

a homemade advent calendar made from baby socks

another DIY

a wooden one

a traditional one full of (waxy) chocolate

a gourmet truffle advent calendar by Moonstruck chocolates in Portland

how cute is this train one?

Another wooden one, with all of its doors exposed

a cute little xmas truck

In Germany, some of the towns actually have building size Advent calendars!!

Here are two pictures of some really big calendars!

Isn’t this cute?
another cute real life calendar!

Alright, enough blogging, I need to go see what’s behind the door of my advent calendar!  

Hope you enjoyed another post on my “25 days of Christmas” marathon!

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