The Protestant origin of the advent calendar
The winter season is here and with it we welcome the advent calendar. With the advent calendar we count down the days until Christmas, from 1 to 24 December. Agent Jennifer Roca explains the origin of this essential symbol of the Christmas season.
Although in the past we used to start the calendar on the Sunday following 26 November, nowadays we find them in supermarkets, supermarkets and sweet shops long before 1 December. In each window for each day there are hidden chocolates and, in recent years, other treats and gifts.
The first calendars with chocolates date back to 1920, but the first hand-painted advent calendar was made in 1851. The origins of the advent calendar thus go back to 19th century Protestant Germany. However, at that time, children lit a candle every day. Discover other interesting facts in the video!
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