History of the Advent Calendar

History of the Advent Calendar

Popular both for religious and casual celebrations and a common decoration in the weeks before Christmas begins is Advent Calendars . Most commonly constructed as a cardboard house shape with 24 doors on it, the purpose of which is to count the days to Christmas. Starting from the first of December, each day the next door in the sequence is opened. Usually a treat or decoration is placed behind the various doors, so as to have a building effect on each day.

The advent calendar, like many modern trappings of the Christmas holiday, has its origins in Germany. Growing from a tradition of marking the days of December, such as with chalk markings on a house, lighting candles, or hanging religious photographs each day, the first known calendar was made in 1851. Know recordings of the first printed calendar, both in flat and operable door form, come in 1908. Except for a period during the second World War during which rationing and manufacturing requirements made it fall out of style, the tradition has persisted unopposed to this day.

Here at Christmas Central we have a wide selection of advent calendars, from children’s magnetic sets to large ornate houses with moveable doors and lit scenes. We also carry the 4 candled advent wreath, that is used on a weekly basis during the season to mark the progression Find the one you need today.

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