History Of The Advent Calendar
Our modern-day advent calendars don’t usually begin on November the 30th but on December the 1st to mark 24 days until Christmas. Today, the majority of advent calendars include doors that open to reveal an image, piece of chocolate, small gift or more traditionally a bible verse.
It is said that the very first advent calendars may have originated in Austria, or in Germany. It is claimed that in Germany a mother stuck 24 sweets to a piece of cardboard for her son to eat throughout the period of advent. This idea is said to have remained with the boy into adulthood when he opened a printing office responsible for the first-ever printed version of an advent calendar in 1908. They then moved on to create an advent calendar with 24 little doors.
This simplistic calendar has informed those that we see today, no matter the difference in shape, size and the treats inside. Even our digital advent calendars are based upon the advent calendars history, with 12 or 24 doors which viewers can return to open every day to see the treats inside.