Advent calendar (Adventkalender)

Adventkalender

Written by Stefanie Kogler

An Advent calendar is a special calendar for the time before Christmas. It doesn't look like a typical calendar; it has 24 little boxes with numbers on it which are opened by the children once a day from the 1st of December until the 24th of December.
In these boxes you can put whatever you want. There are a lot of different kinds of Advent calendars, some are already filled with sweets (mostly with chocolate), the others you have to put something on your own.

But there are also Advent calendars showing little pictures when you open the boxes. The forms of the boxes are also very different.
Since the 19th century the Advent calendar has been a Christian custom.

 

 

 

Pictures: Adventcalendar made of socks

 

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Christmas Eve is a family affair centered around both a Christmas tree, which is decorated by parents, and a nativity scene. Some nativity scenes feature as many as 100 pieces and are treasured family heirlooms. On Christmas Eve the Christkindle brings gifts to the children, placing them under the Christmas tree.


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