History of the Advent Calendar

I hope you all have your advent calendars. What a treat to wake up every morning and have an excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast, for 25 days!

The word ‘Advent’ was created from the Latin word ‘coming’. The Advent calendar can be traced back to the 19th century. The calendar begins on the 1st December and it counts down the days until Christmas day. The tradition began when German families in the mid-nineteenth century would tally how many days until Christmas on walls in chalk. They have now evolved over the years from doors sealed with pictures or bible verses behind them, nowadays they include gifts, such as chocolate, alcohol, and makeup, that is hidden behind each door.

Advent chocolate calendars have grown hugely, with most major confectionery companies that now produce an advent calendar each Christmas. They are a perfect little gift to prepare for Christmas time.

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