Friday, 20 November 2009

Advent Calendars

We know that Advent Calendars filled with Chocolate was already available in 1958 but their origins go back much further than that and stem from Germany.
In the 1800s German Lutherans would mark the 24 days of Advent by drawing a chalk line on the door each day, beginning on December 1st Some families had more elaborate means of marking the days, such as lighting a new candle or hanging a little religious picture on the wall each day. The 24 candles might also be placed on a structure, which was known as an "Advent clock".

The first known Advent calendar was handmade in 1851 but Gerhard Lang, was responsible for what we know as an Advent Calendar today. When he was a child his mother made him an Advent Calendar with 24 little sweets which were stuck onto cardboard. He used this idea to create an Advent calendar when he was a printer in the firm Reichhold & Lang of Munich in 1908 and created 24 little coloured pictures that could be affixed to a piece of cardboard. Several years later, he introduced a calendar with 24 little doors.

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