An Advent calendar (from the Latin “adventus“, meaning “coming“) is a calendar used to count the days before Christmas Eve starting from December 1st. In the past people would draw a line on their doors with chalk to keep track of the days left to Christmas.
An advent calendar is made up of a rather large cardboard with a Christmas-related image and 24 “windows”, one for each day until December 24th. You open a window every day to reveal a small “gift” behind it: it can be a sentence, a short poem, an image or in some elaborate calendars even a piece of chocolate or a small toy!
The tradition of the advent calendar began over a century ago in Germany, although nowadays they can be found in most European countries and in America.
If you want to experience this day by day opening of a new window there is a very interesting site containing lots of interesting information about Christmas and an online advent calendar. I’m afraid you won’t find any chocolate… but every day you will learn how Christmas is celebrated in a different country of the world!
Have fun using this interactive advent calendar at