Oh, the joy of happy anticipation of Christmas! Something of a luxury these days… The time before Christmas seems to fly by now but when I was a child it seemed to take ages. Advent calendars helped pass the wait – and they were ‘just’ images. By the time chocolate ones came into fashion it was a bit too late for me, I was a teenager by then and no longer really interested – interested in chocolate, yes, but not really in form of an advent calendar – it seemed too ‘childish’. But strange how childhood’s memories linger and how much they influence your taste as an adult. Here are 2 prime examples of what I think an advent calendar should be like.

Originally published in 1934 (my copy is a reprint from 2011), illustrated by Dora Baum, this calendar starts on 6 December, as most advent calendars used to do (they were given as a present on that day (which is St Nicholas’ day in Germany). This is also rather special because instead of having windows, it allows you to slide the figures hidden behind the trees. More on the history of the Advent calendar in Germany (both in English and in German)  at the German Christmas Museum.

This 1960s calendar by Hallmark  is three-fold and could be posted in an A4 envelope
Cover (First) page
close-up 1st page – some windows open
2nd and 3rd page
close up 2nd page
close-up 3rd page
detail 5 December – closed
detail 5 December – open

I hope you are on a pink cloud/cloud 7 in anticipation of Christmas and getting into the spirit  – Thanks for taking the time to look!