The days leading up to big day can be even more exciting than Christmas itself. This year, mark your calendars for Saturday, December 1, 2018 for the start of another joyous Advent season!
Advent calendars were first commercially produced in 1908. Today, the tradition merrily continues on the Net with interactive calendars leading to holiday quotes, inspiration, or online Christmas surprises.
Just up ahead, check out our very own December calendar -- starring Santa himself! -- as kids take cotton balls to create Santa's beard in an annual countdown to Christmas!
Instructions: use craft glue or adhesive tape to attach a cotton ball each day
to help grow Santa's beard in this year's December countdown to Christmas!
During the Christmas season, a town
hall in Germany transforms into
the world's largest advent calendar.
• The first advent calendars were carefully handcrafted, and it wasn't until 1908 before the first commercial version of an advent calendar appeared. The set included a card and 24 illustrations that could be glued for each day leading up to Christmas.
• Today, some calendars have up to 31 or 32 windows to countdown to New Years Day.
• The German town of Gengenbach boasts a storybook 18th century town hall that has 24 windows facing the main square. During the Christmas season the building is transformed into what the town claims is the world’s largest advent calendar.
• It was a very happy Christmas for candy lovers in the UK when the first advent calendars containing chocolate were first introduced by Cadbury in 1958.
More about advent calendars around the Web:
calendars first started in 19th century Germany, but today the easiest way for keeping holiday suspense alive throughout the season is to find digital versions around the Web.