CHRISTMAS 2021 ADVENT DAY 5 BLOG POST
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Sunday 5th December 2021
ADVENT DOOR 5 – 24 DAY COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS DAY!
20 SLEEPS UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY
- A CHRISTMAS CARD.
- THOUGHT FOR CHRISTMAS.
The History Of Advent Calendars
The very first advent calendars were produced in the early 1800’s in Germany although not the cardboard type we get these days.
Advent is the start of the Christmas season in Britain, it begins four Sundays before Christmas.
Advent calendars are a countdown to Christmas Day, they start on December 1st.
The windows of the calendar are opened every day leading up to Christmas where you can see a pretty picture or find some chocolate inside.
Christians thought of different ways of counting down the days from the start of Advent to Christmas Day.
At first Christians kept track of the days by making chalk marks on their door, which were rubbed off one by one as Christmas got closer.
Advent Candles and putting up a small religious picture to mark each day were other ways of counting down the days.
The first actual advent calendar which we still buy today was produced in the early 1900’s, although first mass-produced in 1908 by Gerhard Lang who worked at the Reichhold & Lang printing office in Munich, Germany.
The business produced over thirty different calendar patterns until the 1930’s. These calendars had 24 doors and were a lot better decorated than the advent calendars we have these days.
The Advent Calendar Chocolate.
Before long, advent calendars had doors which when opened contained religious pictures, and some had chocolate in to keep the children’s attention.
This was proving to be popular over the years but had to be put on hold when World War II started, because paper, cardboard and chocolate were all limited in.
However, once the war was over the production of advent calendars soon picked up again in 1946, not containing chocolates though.
Towards the end of the 1950’s, chocolate advent calendars re-appeared and started to spread across the world.
Ten years later, many countries were using the advent calendar to count the days to Christmas Day.
Advent calendars are still very popular all across the world and now come in thousands of different varieties, some with just pictures in, others with just chocolate. Others with all sorts of different things. There are now even some advent books with a different story for each day from 1st December until Christmas Day.
The religious meaning of the advent calendars has been lost though. Also they don’t stop on Christmas Eve, normally they have a bigger door for Christmas Day.
- A Christmas Track.
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus The Ronettes 2:41
- A CHRISTMAS ALBUM.
- AN ANNUAL.
- A CHRISTMAS THEMED GAME.
- CHRISTMAS FILMS.
- CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATESELECTION BOX.
- A CHRISTMAS THEMED JIGSAW.
- A CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BOOK.
- DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.
- ADULT CHRISTMAS BOOK.
- A CHRISTMAS TREE.
- CHRISTMAS JUMPERS.
- CHRISTMAS TV TIMES.
- CHRISTMAS RADIO TIMES.
- A PANTOMIME.
Sat 4 Dec 2021 – Sun 2 Jan 2022
New Wimbledon Theatre
- ELF ON THE SHELF.
- CHRISTMAS TOP TEN.
TOP 10 CHRISTMAS WEEK No.1s 1992 – 2001
Year Artist Song Weeks at
1992 Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” 10
1993 Mr Blobby “Mr Blobby” 3
1994 East 17 “Stay Another Day” 5
1995 Michael Jackson “Earth Song” 6
1996 Spice Girls “2 Become 1” 3
1997 Spice Girls “Too Much” 2
1998 Spice Girls “Goodbye” 1
1999 Westlife “I Have a Dream” / “Seasons in the Sun” 4
2000 Bob the Builder “Can We Fix It?” 3
2001 Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman “Somethin’ Stupid” 3
- SANTA & RUDOLF.
- A CHRISTMAS FACT OR TWO OR THREE.
- Each year, approximately ten million Christmas turkeys are eaten in the U.K. and 22 million in the United States.
- Today, wassail is hot apple cider with honey and spices, but the drink came from the Middle Ages, when it was originally made with wine, ale, or hard cider topped with stale bread or beaten eggs. Neighbors would visit on Christmas Eve and drink to each other’s health (ves heill meant “in good health” in Old Norse).
- Historically, St. Nicholas lived in the province of Lycia in the 4th century A.D. The Dutch name for St. Nicholas was Sinterklaas, phonetically changed to “Santa Clause” in the English-speaking world. Other names for this holiday figure include Le Befana in Italy, Dueshka Moroz (“Father Frost”) in Russia, Kriss Kringle in Germany, and Pere Noel in French.
- A CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE.
WHAT KIND OF MOTORCYCLE DOES SANTA RIDE? – A HOLLY DAVIDSON
- CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD HOUSE.
©2021 Phil M Robinson