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Christmas-Calendar

Germany - Advent CalendarIn Germany Christmas preparations often begin before 1 December, when Advent, symbolising the arrival of Christ begins. Advent wreaths, made of fir branches and decorated with four candles, appear in German houses. On the first Advent Sunday only one candle is lit, the second follows on the second Sunday, and so on. The twenty four days in anticipation of Christmas are counted down by an Advent Calendar, which can be either printed or handmade.

The printed Calendar has 24 cells with small windows or doors, while a handmade one could consist of 24 small pouches hanging on the wall. The cells and the bags serve to keep chocolate, presents or Christmas cards. The origin of the Advent Calendar can be traced back to the 19th Century. The first styles came from the protestant area: religious families made a chalk line for every day in December until Christmas Eve. The first printed Advent Calendar was published in 1908. It was named “Christmas-Calendar” or “Munich Christmas-Calendar”. The little doors were added on the printed Calendar only in the beginning of the 1920s.