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What is the history of the Advent calendar?

The origin of the Advent Calendar can be traced back to the 19th. Century. The first known Advent Calendar which was made by handwork is from the year 1851. Other early styles were the Adventclock or the Adventcandle - a candle for each of the 24 days until Christmas, like todays Advent wreath.

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Then, what is the meaning behind the advent calendar?

Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas (or sometimes from the 1st December to Christmas Day!). Advent means 'Coming' in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas.

Likewise, how does the advent calendar work? Consecutive doors are opened every day leading up to Christmas, beginning on the start of the Advent season for that year, or in the case of reusable Advent calendars, on December 1. Often the doors are distributed across the calendar in no particular order. Many towns have created living advent calendars.

Regarding this, where did the tradition of the Advent calendar come from?

Like many others aspects of modern Christmas practices, the Advent calendar is of German origin. From the early nineteenth century, at the latest, German Protestants began to mark the days of Advent either by burning a candle for the day or, more simply, marking walls or doors with a line of chalk each day.

When did advent calendars start having chocolate?


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