Blog

Where Do Advent Calendars Come From?

3rd December 2014 by Grace Bullingham

Where Do Advent Calendars Come From?

It’s the 3rd of December and I have joyfully eaten 3 chocolates from my advent calendar. You are never too old for one I say!


On my commute to work I was wondering where the advent calendar tradition came from and why it is celebrated worldwide? I know Christmas is highly anticipated each year, but is this the only reason?

The word 'Advent' has a Latin origin meaning 'the coming,' or more accurately, 'coming toward.' Religious families used the advent as a count down to the annual celebration of Jesus Christ’s birthday. For each day in December they would hang up a festive picture on the wall, another tradition was to paint chalk strokes on the door, one per day until Christmas Eve.


The first picture advent calendar was thought to have been made in 1903. This was simple, behind each door was a festive picture: a decorated tree, some robins, a full stocking. As time went by a picture wasn’t enough to satisfy youngsters in December, so small pieces of chocolate were seen to be the answer. But it doesn’t stop there!


Upon my research I discovered the more luxurious adult advent calendar. As we are forever the consumerist, adult versions featuring gin or make-up are now available. Liberty of London has one filled with tiny treats including candles and beauty gifts from designer brands – but with a price tag of £149 surely these ‘mini gifts’ aren’t worth that much of an investment, perhaps just gifting yourself with a few full sized products would be worthwhile?


The most expensive advent calendar I’ve seen - suggested to be a family heirloom, is Wedgwood’s hand crafted advent house at £12,000, with a porcelain ornament behind each door. Obscene.

£12,000 porcelian house?

 


I love Christmas. It’s my favourite time of year but I really don’t see the need to be so over-the-top. Advent calendars are supposed to be the countdown to Christmas Day where you have a lovely day spent with family or friends, perhaps going to church, exchanging gifts and eating food. I feel it’s quite sad but inevitable that the once traditional picture advent calendar has become so extravagant and materialistic.

SHARE THIS:

  • LinkedIn

COMMENTS (0)


LEAVE A COMMENT

More posts like this

From Temp to Perm – stepping off the roller coaster and onto the monorail

3 very important reasons why you shouldn't worry about the leap from temp to perm!

Read more»

Travelling Alone isn’t Lonely

Elise talks about her moving from Australia to the UK and why travelling alone is the ONLY way to travel.

Read more»

How a business can use social media to engage with new clients

It might all seem straightforward but people and businesses are forgetting the real reason we have social media. Not just for instant messaging but for instant replying. Engaging with clients has never been so important for businesses, so how exactly can they go about doing it better...

Read more»

The Bank Holiday conundrum

Living in a big city like London that offers you a little bit of everything can put you in a little bit of a spin. What exactly should you do this Bank Holiday weekend? Continue reading to find out my hot spots this August bank holiday...

Read more»

The Lunch Dilemma: Where to save those pounds

There's always a will when there is a way. Ever thought about the unrealistic costs of lunch? I have! Check out the ways to save some money when lunching at work...

Read more»

#THISGIRLCAN

We take a look at #THISGIRLCAN campaign set up by Sport England, aimed to encourage women to be more active.

Read more»

How to Stay Creative

In this blog we aim to share the top principles and skills that will help to grow and sustain your creative career.

Read more»

New Year, New Twist!

With the start of 2015 upon us, Twist have some news to announce!

Read more»

What Qualities to Look For in a New Team Member

When looking for a new team member to join your company, what qualities do you look for?

Read more»

Monty the Penguin

Just as the evening darkness has crept in and there’s finally a nip in the air, the new John Lewis campaign has been released – it has started to feel like the countdown to the festive season has finally begun.

Read more»

Like what you see?

Sign up to our mailing list now!

All Categories

Industry Videos

Twist Presents: An Interview with Brook Calverley & Doug Hewett; Co-founders of People-Made

They might not have paid much heed to career advisors at school, but that hasn’t stopped People-Made co-founders Brook Calverley and Doug Hewett offering up their own sage advice for others looking to make their way in the industry.


Latest Posts