The advent calendar is a childhood memory of many. Each of the 24 mornings leading up to Christmas you’d anxiously open another door to see what’s hiding behind it. But where does this yearly ritual come from? Let us take you through the history of Advent!
The concept of advent can be traced back to the 19th century in German Luther traditions. The word ‘advent’ is Latin for ‘coming’. During the advent period Christians prepare for the celebration of the birth of Christ, but also for His return. It’s a time of penance and spiritual cleansing, which is often achieved through fasting. This ritual helps Christians to feel closer to god and relieve them of their sins. It’s worth to mention that the advent period is not specifically mentioned in the bible, but slowly arose over time.
Before actual advent calendars existed, many families would keep a tally or light a candle everyday, so they would know how many days were left until Christmas. The first printed advent calendars originate from the 1900s, although they weren’t hiding much more than images or biblical verses. The concept continued to evolve, which lead to the first chocolate-filled advent calendars in 1958. Nowadays there are advent calendars filled with all sorts of treats, ranging from sweets, toys and even beauty products. No matter what the advent calendar contains, they all serve the same purpose: reminding us of how many days are left until Christmas.
The act of counting down to Christmas helps us to be mindful and be in the moment. It’s an opportunity to look back on the past year and take time to appreciate the path you’ve taken. Spoil yourself or a loved one with The Ritual of Advent, an advent calendar filled with 24 treats to help you experience little moments of meaning in the anticipation of Christmas. Cherish the daily ritual of taking time for yourself and set the intention for the year to come to experience meaningful rituals every day.