36. Let’s Follow that Advent Calendar
The advent calendar, a cherished countdown to Christmas, has its roots in a 1903 German tradition started by publisher Gerhard Land. Initially, these calendars featured “doors” or “windows” opened daily to reveal a Bible passage, poem, or small gift, serving as a delightful way for children to anticipate Christmas.
By the 1920s, advent calendars had gained widespread popularity and have since evolved into various secular versions. Today’s calendars cater to a range of tastes, offering daily surprises from mini bottles of wine and nail polish to chocolates and action figures, transforming the simple countdown into a daily treat of festive anticipation.