The first known Advent Calendar was produced by hand around 1851 in Germany. Mainly a Protestant tradition, chalk-lines were ticked off as the days grew closer to Christmas. The first Advent Calendars didn't have windows to open. The windows were added early in the 20th century.
This lovely reprint of a vintage 1947 calendar is as elegant as the original. There is a traditional Christmas market scene that folds out in front of the Cathedral, making the entire scene three dimensional. The Advent windows open in both sections. Once opened, it measures 8-1/2 inches high by 17 inches wide.
Place your Cathedral Place advent calendar in front of a light source for the windows to illuminate, enhancing the old-world charm of this hand-glittered specialty.
Young and old alike will marvel at the simple pleasure of opening each window, anticipation building as nearer the glorious date you arrive! This calendar has been hand-glittered in the traditional manner.
Advent Calendars are re-usable, so start a new family tradition this year!
We suggest that you use an electrical light source in lieu of a candle, so that there will be less danger of a fire.