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Old German Paper Advent
Old Fashioned Richard Sellmer German Paper Advent
8-1/4" x 11-3/4"
21 x 30 cm.
The standard size of about 210 x 297 mm (A4)
allows an easy shipping.
Normally we deliver the Advent Calendars with
Windows are translucent.
These Calendars are a nice and an inexpensive gift.
The artwork of the Advents is very
Some of the designs are re-prints from our
An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is
used to count or celebrate the days of Advent in
anticipation of Christmas. Some calendars are strictly
religious, whereas others are secular in content.
Today, most advent calendars are made for children.
Many take the form of a large rectangular card with
many "windows", one of which is opened every day
In less elaborate calendars, each window opens to
reveal an image, a poem, or part of a story such as
the Nativity story itself. More elaborate Advent
calendars have a small gift concealed in each window,
such as a toy or a chocolate item.
Advent calendar made from a picture of the German city
of Hünfeld's town hall in Advent The origins of the
Advent calendar come from German Lutherans who, at least
as early as the beginning of the 19th century, would
count down the 24 days of Advent physically. Often this
meant simply drawing a chalk line on the door each day,
beginning on December 1. Some families had more
elaborate means of marking the days, such as lighting a
new candle (perhaps the genesis of today's Advent
wreath) or hanging a little religious picture on the
wall each day.
The 24 candles might also be placed on a structure,
which was known as an "Advent clock". In December 1839,
the first verifiable public Advent wreath was hung in
the prayer hall of the Rauhes Haus (relief house) in
Hamburg, although it had been a family practice in parts
of German-speaking Europe since the 17th century.
The first known Advent calendar was handmade in 1851.
According to the Austrian Landesmuseum, the first
printed Advent calendar was produced in Hamburg in 1902
or 1903. Other authorities state that a Swabian
parishioner, Gerhard Lang, was responsible for the first
printed calendar, in 1908.
Lang was certainly the progenitor of today's calendar.
He was a printer in the firm Reichhold & Lang of Munich
who, in 1908, made 24 little colored pictures that
could be affixed to a piece of cardboard. Several years
later, he introduced a calendar with 24 little doors.
He created and marketed at least 30 designs before his
firm went out of business in the 1930s. In this same
time period, Sankt Johannis Printing Company started
producing religious Advent calendars, with Bible verses
instead of pictures behind the doors.
The practice disappeared during World War II, apparently
to save paper. After the war, Richard Sellmer of
Stuttgart resurrected the commercial Advent calendar
and is responsible for its widespread popularity.
His company, Richard Sellmer Verlag,
today maintains a stock of over 1,000,000 calendars
worldwide.Other companies such as Cadbury's who
specialise in the making of calendars have similar
stocks, if not higher.
Advent Calendars are a great gift for your friends
and loved ones.
The windows are illuminated when the calendar
is placed before lights.
Die Fensterchen leuchten, wenn man den Kalender
vor eine Lichtquelle hängt.