New Advent Calendar Kit and a biref History of the Advent Calendar
New For Christmas:an Advent Calendar Kit
Since this is my favorite time of year, I really enjoyed designing this
I looked up the history of Advent Calendars in Wikimedia and I have written a brief synopsis because I found it really interesting. To find out more please go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advent_calendar. The first known Advent calendar was handmade in 1851. According to the Lower Austrian Landesmuseum, the first printed Advent calendar was produced in Germany by a protestant bookshop. Other authorities say that a Swabian parishioner, Gerhard Lang, was responsible for the first printed calendar in 1908. Lang was a printer who made 24 little coloured pictured that were affixed to a piece of cardboard. Several years later he introduced a calendar with 24 little doors. He had about 30 designs until 1930 when he went out of business. Sankt Johannis Printing Company started producing religious Advent calendars with Bible verses instead of pictures behind the doors.
After World War 11 Richard Sellmer of Stuttgart started making the Advent calendars again and this is why they are so popular today. His company maintains a stock of over 1 million calendars worldwide. His company today is called Richard Sellmer Verlag.
Since that time
many families have enjoyed putting out an Advent Calendar on Dec. 1 to
enjoy counting down the days until Christmas with an image related to
Christmas, candy, chocolate, or other gifts. Wikimedia mentions that handmade Advent calendar have become popular projects with artisans and we see them including fabric, felt, chipboard and small boxes. The concept of the Advent Calendar has recently broadened to include Countdown Calendars, which I also thought would be great for a miniature scene, including birthdays, Easter, Halloween, graduation, last day of school, retirement and more. It was a real
challenge to come up with the calendar design and 24 tiny gifts. Since
I have recently finished a Gingerbread House Kit, I thought that
gingerbread would be a good choice for some of the gifts. I made various
shapes in a paint program and enjoyed decorating the designs. I designed
the other stuffed style gifts with my digital drawings. Cutting out one
of the designs each day might be a nice way to start the calendar. The
calendar includes gifts: 2 crowns, a gingerbread house, star, wreath, 2
teddies and 1 chocolate look teddy, dog, cat, Santa, snowflake, 2 owls,
an elf, 2 stockings, doll, snow man, butterfly, 2 candy canes, a heart
and a mitten. The calendar part has fabric strips with numbers to glue
onto the fabric backing and trim.
I hope you will enjoy this holiday season as much as I do.