The word “Advent” has a Latin origin meaning “the coming,” or more accurately, “coming toward.” For Christians, Christmas is one of the greatest events of the year, as we celebrate the greatest gift ever given by God to mankind. That gift was Jesus Christ, the Son of God, born into this world to live among us to show us the true nature of God. Jesus experienced human joy and sorrow along with us, and willingly died an agonizing death. The price was paid for all human sin that had cut us off from our Holy God — and we have now been completely reconciled with him! That is why we celebrate Christmas!
The History of the Advent Calendar
Did you know, that centuries ago, the days preceding Christmas were marked off from December 1st with chalk on Believers’ doors? Advent calendars as we know them today originated in Germany in the late 19th century, where the mother of a child named Gerhard Lang made her son an advent calendar comprised of 24 tiny sweets stuck onto cardboard. Lang never forgot the excitement he felt when he was given his advent calendar at the beginning of each December; as an adult he partnered with his friend Reichhold and opened a printing office. In 1908, they produced what is thought to be the first-ever printed advent calendar with a small colored picture for each day in Advent. Later on, at the beginning of the 20th century, they hit on the idea of making the pictures into little shuttered windows for the children to open day by day in order to heighten their sense of expectation.
Advent calendars have come a long way since the early 20th century. I recognized this one day as I was browsing Etsy for a new advent calendar. I was astounded by the thousands of creative and unique designs available to us. I just couldn’t keep them to myself, so I’ve condensed my hours of browsing into a single post just for you. Some are quirky, some are silly, some are fully Christ-centered. Remember: it’s not about the calendar or the treats inside, but it’s about our relationship with Jesus Christ, our Messiah, that floods our hearts with joy at Christmastime and all year long. Happy shopping, and Merry Christmas!
Which one catches your eye? Tell me which one is your favorite! I’d love to know!
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
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Advent history taken from GotQuestions.org.