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.