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History of the Christmas Advent Calendar

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Advent Calendar

The Christmas Advent Calendar can be traced back to the 19th Century Protestants who would draw a chalk line for every day in December through Christmas Eve. The very first Advent Calendar on record was produced by hand in 1851. There were variations in styles for the Advent Calendar ranging from the Advent Clock to the Advent Candles, where a candle would be set out and light for each day before Christmas Day. Other family's would hang a new picture for each day, while still others would draw a chalk line on their door for each day.

The first printed Advent Calendar was produced by Gerhard Lang in 1908. This version did not have windows that opened revealing a new picture or a piece of chocolate, which became a tradition in 1958. The first Advent Calendar with windows was produced by Gerhard Lang as well, although I was unable to find the exact date, it was shortly after the 1908 version. around that time Sankt Johannis Printing Company began producing a religious version of the Advent Calendar, which had Bible Versus instead of pictures under the windows.

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