Making an Advent calendar

In order to savour - if not even increase - the thrill of anticipation before Christmas, the P1-class recently made a king-size Advent calendar out of shoe boxes. The boxes were wrapped in Christmas paper and decorated with drawings. Then every one of the 16 pupils put a little present in one of the boxes, in order to give a treat to one of their classmates. And for all of you who did the calculation dutifully: The remaining 8 boxes certainly weren’t left empty! But who filled them? Nobody knows for sure… The “Christkind”? Or another „Curly Head“? Who knows…

Here are some pictures:

And for all of you who are interested in the origin of this custom, voilá:

The Advent calendar
written by Albert Hinterberger

The origins of the Advent calendar can be traced back to the 19th century. The first forms came up in the Protestant spheres. In religious families 24 pictures were hung up one after the other during December. The considerably earliest form of the Advent calendar originates in the second half of the 19th century. Home-baked cookies were put into handicraft paper boxes. Every day one box was allowed to be opened and the cookie to be eaten. In 1902 the first printed Advent calendar was published by a bookshop in Hamburg. After 1920 the calendar with the windows which could be opened got more and more popular. For several years now the new media are used and new Advent calendars emerge on the internet.