With only TWO yes TWO Saturdays to go until Christmas is finally upon us, and 10 days into our advent calendar we decided to do a bit of research to find out WHO created the advent calendar!
It turns out that our advent calendars are a GERMAN invention, DANKE / THANK YOU, and is known in German as the Adventskalender.
Below is a photo of a German advent calendar. Notice anything different?
YES we are missing a CHOCOLATE, there are only 24 doors on a German Adventskalender. In Germany, Christmas is celebrated on December 24th, not December 25th. That’s because December 24th marks the last day of Advent. This is not unique to Germany, however: Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Denmark and Estonia are just some countries that have the same tradition. I think I’ll stick with the extra festive day and excuse to have a chocolate for breakfast!