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Der Adventskalender: Companion in the Christmas Season

Der Adventskalender: Companion in the Christmas Season

Over a century ago, in 1902, the evangelical bookstore Friedrich Trümpler in Hamburg released the first printed Advent calendar. They opted for a Christmas clock featuring numbers 13 to 24, and by 1922, these clocks had 24 compartments. Back then, it cost 50 pfennig.

A year later, Munich publisher Gerhard Lang followed suit. His calendar, “In the Land of the Christ Child,” included a sheet with 24 pictures to cut out and another with 24 compartments for the cut-out pieces. Each day during Advent, children were allowed to cut out a picture and paste it into the designated window. On Christmas Eve, there was a picture of the white-clad Christ Child. Up until the 1930s, the lithographic institution Reinhold & Lang published numerous artistic works, and the increasing demand led to various variations. This even included the first Advent calendar in Braille.

Advent Calendars as We Know Them

About 60 years ago, the first chocolate Advent calendar appeared in 1958. Today, it is one of the most commonly purchased calendars, alongside toy or picture Advent calendars. Photo Advent calendars are also becoming increasingly popular.

In recent years, there has also been a trend towards DIY Advent calendars. The Scandinavian idea of hanging jute bags on a line is particularly popular. Individuals put a lot of passion into creating personalized Advent calendars, as they involve developing and implementing their own ideas.

The Advent Calendar: – Companion to the Christmas Season

The Latin word “adventus” means “arrival.” It signifies the spiritual and mental preparation for the most significant Christian festival of the year: the birth of Jesus Christ. Even though the form, type, and appearance of Advent calendars have changed significantly over time, the message remains the same: to bring joy and emphasize the special and unique nature of the Advent season. And, of course, to heighten the anticipation of Christmas Eve for both young and old alike!