There are places on Earth where Santa Claus is not important. No, I don't mean because of religion. I mean, because it just isn't Santa who is involved with Christmas...
In Germany it is the Christkind (Christ child) who brings the presents. To make the wait for this day more bearable, Advent Calenders were invented some time in the 19th century. Just about every German child has one of these. This year, I will share one with you all, day by day, all during the Advent Season.
Today is the first Sunday in Advent. The word Advent comes from the Latin word advenio, which means to come. This refers to the birth of Christ at Christmas. There are four Advent Sundays, and then it is almost Christmas. Depending on which day of the week is the 24th of December, Advent can be longer or shorter, but the calenders usually start with December 1st.
This is an Advent Calender I have had for a long time. It is a bit old-fashioned, but I like that.
Let's hunt for that magical first door, which I could have opened yesterday already.
It is a street sign, and it says: Bethlehem, Land of Judea
Now today is already December 2nd, so we will look for another little door:
and open it!
Here the artist got carried away. It is an Advent Wreath, but it already has three candles burning, which would never happen on a second of December!
If you like, you can join me every day till the 24th of December, and we will open all those little doors, one after another!
Have a magical Advent Season!