Advent Calendars Remain Popular

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It’s getting round to that special time of year when young people start the countdown to Christmas with an advent calendar.

The Advent tradition is a religious celebration in preparation for the arrival or “advent” of the Christ Child. In 1908, the first-ever printed Advent Calendars appeared in Germany – they had a small coloured picture for each day in Advent. Later on, to increase the sense of expectation, they had tiny windows for children to open each day.

The idea of the Advent Calendar caught on very quickly and many versions were produced, some of which would have printed on them Bible verses appropriate to the Advent period.

A YJA member said: “My Mum tells me that when she was little, calendars only had windows with pictures inside and no chocolate, sweets or special treats.”

Today, though, when children open the little window they look for their little reward and it’s usually chocolate but not always.

The chocolate can resemble stars, fir trees, and other Christmas symbols but there is a never-ending list of different types, styles and themed versions. These include ones for girls, boys, mums, dads, grandmas and granddads.

Calendars for girls and mums can include jewellery, make-up and perfumes. For the boys and their dads, they can have toys, Minecraft or even little bottles of beer! (Even your pets don’t have to miss out on the countdown to Christmas!)

Prices can vary massively from 99p up to £100+ for the very expensive sorts. They are now available in almost all shops in most towns.

A local shop owner told YJA: “Every year my best seller is always the Cadburys ones because people like to stick with the brands they know.”

For many, there’s something lovely about being greeted with a nice Christmassy image every day. One excited Year 6 pupil said: “My sister and I will be having a merry Malteaser calendar to open every day, it looks yummy!”

Which one will you be opening on the 1st December?


Emily, Year 6

Burgh School

5 Responses to Advent Calendars Remain Popular

  1. admin November 26, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Very interesting, Emily. My daughters always looked forward each morning to the opening of their calendar window. I don’t remember the calendars containing chocolate but they added to the excitement as Christmas drew near.

    They must be very profitable to the companies that make them. I’ve just read:
    “The £5 product weighs 232g, but you can get a whole 660g tub of Heroes for the same price. This means you’re paying £5 for a calendar with the equivalent of just £1.76 of chocolate in it.”

    YJA Editor

    • Emily November 28, 2017 at 8:13 am

      Wow I never knew that Bill! Thanks.

  2. Freya November 26, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Well done Emily I didn’t realise the idea of the advent calendar started from Germany in 1908 and still we have them. I’m sure I’ve got mine ready for Friday! Keep up the lovely work!

  3. Aston November 26, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I’ve got my advent calendar ready.

  4. Emily November 28, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Thanks for the comment guys! I love them.