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Monday, December 5, 2011

Advent Calendars

Open the door each day for a new surprise
  • The origin of the Advent Calendar can be traced back to the 19th. Century. The first styles came from the protestant area of Germany. Religious families made a chalk line for every day in December until Christmas Eve. 
The surprises on this calendar are magnetic and stick to the metal picture
  •  The first known Advent Calendar which was made by handwork is from the year 1851.
  •  Other early styles were the Adventclock or the Adventcandle - a candle for each of the 24 days until Christmas, like todays Advent wreath. In religious families, little pictures were hang up on the wall - one for each day in December. An other tradition was to paint chalk strokes on the door, one per day until Christmas Eve.

  • In 1902 a Christian Bookshop in Hamburg published a Christmas Clock which was very similar to that published 1922 by the St. Johannis printing company. (Dominik Wunderlin, lic.phil. Swizzerland). The Austrian (NÖ) Landesmuseum is giving the year 1903 as the year of the first printed Advent Calendar. In 1904 an Advent Calendar was inserted in the newspaper "Neues Tagblatt Stuttgart" as a gift for their readers.
Purchased at the Shop in Santa Fe, NM (they ship), this calendar is battery operated and plays a tune!

  •  In contrast to the above Esther Gajek says that the first printed specimen was made in 1908 by a Swabian parishioner, Gerhard Lang (born 1881 in Maulbronn, Germany -died in 1974).
  • When he was a child his mother made him an Advent Calendar with 24 "Wibbele" (little candies) which were stuck on cardboard.

  • Later Lang was a contributor in the printing office Reichhold & Lang. He produced little colored pictures which could be affixed on cardboard at every day in December.

  • This was the first printed Advent Calendar, although without windows to open, published in 1908. This Calendar was named "Christmas-Calendar" or "Munich Christmas-Calendar". At the beginning of the 20's, Lang produced the first Advent Calendars with little doors that opened.
  • At this time as well the Sankt Johannis Printing Company started producing religious Advent Calendars, with Bible Verses instead of pictures behind the doors.
  • The Advent Calendar  traveled a triumphal way around the globe. But Lang had to close his company in the thirties. Until that time he had produced about 30 different designs. The World War II terminated the success of this German tradition. Cardboard was rationed and it was forbidden to produce calendars with pictures. The first printed calendars after the war were printed by Richard Sellmer in 1946.

    • We know that Advent Calendars filled with Chocolate was already available in 1958.

    I have an addiction to these lovely things called Advent Calendars. I guess that I've had one since I was a tot has something to do with this addiction. I posted some of our collection HERE . An. then there is a closeup of one I made HERE and HERE. I've shared a few pictures from the creative folks on Pinterest and a couple from Horchows.. Enjoy. I hope you will check out the posts from December 1st on.. Thanks for dropping in and I am hoping you are having a wonderful Chris✝mas season!






Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

These are all so delightful! I send Advent calendars to my grands each year....and my daughter always enjoys the chocolate a day version. Nothing nearly as fancy as these.

Entertaining Women said...

I love Advent calendars, too. We have a store here, Casey's Gifts, that has some of the prettiest ones that I've ever seen. I give them as gifts at baby showers, and of course, I had to buy one for my grandsons. Thanks for inviting us for a peak at these magical creations. Cherry Kay

Kuby said...

Thank you for this history of Advent calendars! Growing up Jewish, I never really understood them. How wonderful to ponder the birth of our Lord Jesus all month. I will look for one to make.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I really like those Advent Calendars! My children, and now my grandchildren always had/have an Advent Calendar they enjoy!



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