Advent calendar: what it is and what to know

Advent calendar: what it is and why it is done

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The advent Calendar it is a tradition that has its origins in Germany in 1800. In reality, as we know it, its history is relatively recent. But it seems that the custom of waiting for the days before Christmas, with activities dedicated to the party, should be sought at the very beginning of the nineteenth century.

In fact, it seems that the Protestant Germans of that period burned a candle for each day before Christmas. But also by marking a notch on the wall with chalk. In short, a rudimentary system for keeping dates under control and counting down from the beginning of December.

To have the Advent calendar as we know it, then with the 24 little doors to be opened, but we have to wait until 1920. He was a German printer, Gerhard Lang, to evolve the already circulating printed calendars, adding the windows that we all love.

Behind these, in the early Advent calendars, there were no surprises, but more devotional images or phrases from the Bible. Although it was Lang himself who made the new models more secular. In fact, he was the first to include photos of winter views behind the doors of his calendars.

What is the Advent calendar

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The history of the Advent calendar it is briefly the one described above. But in fact, if we are wondering specifically what an Advent calendar is, what it looks like and what it contains, here are the answers. An advent calendar looks like a system of 24 boxes with a small gift inside.

There are various types around, starting with cardboard ones, with gods drawers or small doors, up to those in hand-painted wood, passing through those with fabric bags. Each calendar has its own aesthetic, which meets the needs and tastes of those who receive it.

Certainly for children There are very colorful calendar models around, able to please the eye of the little ones even before having opened them. But there are also some beautiful models for adults, in shabby chic style, with embroidered or printed details, or even with original graphics.

On the market you can find really everything now, with fashion brands, objects, jewelry and above all food sweet and savory, which every year bring innovative and beautiful ideas out of their hat. The question at this point is “where to find the Advent calendar?”. In many candy shops you can find very interesting artisan versions, even as a gift idea.

But on the internet we are really spoiled for choice, especially if we want something original that is more difficult to find in stores.

Because the Advent calendar is made

But why is the Advent calendar made? The answer is dual: on the one hand, the more religious models help to enter the Christmas spirit with the right spirit. On the other hand, the lighter and more enjoyable ones make the days of waiting before Christmas much lighter and more pleasant.

During the Second World War, there have also been those who have made political deviations from the spiritual message of the calendar. In fact, it seems that the German Nazi forces used it for propaganda purposes, hiding party symbols and icons behind the windows.

The same happened in Russia, where for a long time the calendar served to celebrate the technological and political successes of the country: the version, circulated until the 1980s, with all the Russian space missions, with tributes to Juri Gagarin, is well known.

Why is it called the Advent calendar and when does it open

With the term Advent, in Christianity reference is made to the liturgical period that precedes Christmas, a phase of also spiritual preparation for the holidays. The Advent calendar takes its name from this expectation. The windows of which it is composed normally mark the days from 1st to 24th December, the day of Christmas Eve.

And it is right from the first December that you begin to open the calendar, revealing the surprises hidden behind each box and pleasantly waiting for the 25th. In reality, on a commercial level, calendars are used to compose calendars with twenty-four doors, starting the opening from day one of the month of December. But often Advent, on a religious level, also begins at the end of November.

This is the case of Advent 2021, which starts on November 28, which is precisely the first of the four Sundays of Advent before the Christmas holidays. Certainly for children this means feeling even closer to having fun and celebrating the most awaited event of the year with your family.

DIY Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar
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In circulation, as mentioned, you can now find Advent calendars of all kinds and for all tastes, for adults and children. But there is also the ability to make your own calendar, focusing on DIY. If we don’t want to waste too much time, we can buy bags online, pre-printed models to assemble and kits to make originals at home.

If, on the other hand, we have some time and dexterity, we can also try our hand at home-made production of everything necessary, perhaps by printing templates from the internet. The funniest thing is not only choosing the design and style that best suits us and our family, but also the content windows.

Choosing what to put on your DIY Advent calendar has a like space and imagination are the only limits, for the rest let’s have fun as well. You can hide behind the doors of candies or bon bon, chocolate bars or even small objects, toys and beauty products. Flavored cocoa butters, eye pencils or three-color eyeshadow palettes are just the right size and will please any makeup enthusiast.

A nice way to give your DIY calendar an even more personal touch is to do some decoration on the boxes, perhaps using gold and silver markers and glitter powder.

Which Advent calendars to buy for Christmas 2021

Maxi Lego Advent Calendar
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The web is a veritable cornucopia of ideas and solutions, even for those looking for a different than usual 2021 Advent calendar. On Amazon Italy, for example, the variety and quality are really interesting. And here it is only up to us choose the type adequate to our needs.

There are Advent calendars which are the sweet tooth’s dream, with sweet and savory delicacies from all over the world or from single origin. But there are also non-chewable, but drinkable options. This is the case of the models with tastings of beer, liqueurs or sachets and bulk tea and herbal teas.

If, on the other hand, you want to focus on beauty, the Advent calendars beauty they are what it takes, with make-up and face and body creams, but also make-up accessories. Male versions can also be found for him. In this case, often with surprises dedicated to the rite of shaving or daily hygiene and care.

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