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Advent calendar

An Advent calendar with a background depicting a nativity scene, surrounded by other Advent and Christmas symbols, including the Christmas tree and Star of Bethlehem

An Advent calendar is a special calendar used to count or celebrate the days in anticipation of Christmas. Since the date of the first Sunday of Advent varies, falling between November 27 and December 3 inclusive, the Advent calendar usually begins on December 1, although many include the previous few days that are part of the season. The Advent calendar was first used by German Lutherans in the 19th and 20th centuries but is now ubiquitous among adherents of many Christian denominations.[1][2] Many Advent calendars take the form of a large rectangular card with "windows",[2] of which there are usually 24: one for each day of December leading up to Christmas Eve. Often, these windows have a Bible verse and prayer printed on them, which Christian families incorporate as part of their daily Advent devotions.[1][3] Consecutive doors are opened every day leading up to Christmas. The calendar windows open to reveal an image, poem, a portion of a story (such as the story of the Nativity of Jesus) or a small gift, such as a toy or a chocolate item. Advent calendars range in theme, from sports to technology, often carrying Scripture verses.[1]

Contents

  • The Nordic Julekalender/Julkalender 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

The Nordic Julekalender/Julkalender

Homemade Advent calendar

In Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and Finland there is also a tradition of having a so-called Julekalender (Swedish: Julkalender, Finnish: Joulukalenteri, Icelandic: Jóladagatal; the local word for a Christmas calendar, even though it's actually an advent calendar) in the form of a television and radio show, both starting on the first of December, and ending on Christmas Eve. It was first aired on Swedish TV in 1960 with the program Titteliture.[4] The first Julekalender aired in Denmark was Historier fra hele verden in 1962. The televised jul(e)kalender has now extended into the other Nordic countries. In Finland, the show is called Joulukalenteri. Over the years, there have been several different kinds of julekalender; some directed at children, some at both children and adults, and even some directed at adults alone. A classic example of a Julekalender enjoyed by children (as well as adults, if purely for nostalgic reasons) is the show Jul i Skomakergata.

There is also a Julkalender which airs on the radio in Sweden, leading up to Christmas.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Mills, T.J. (May 10, 2010). The Twelve Blessings of Christmas. Thomas Nelson Inc. p. 54.  
  2. ^ a b Gassmann, Günther; Larson, Duane H.; Oldenburg, Mark W. (April 4, 2001). Historical Dictionary of Lutheranism. Scarecrow Press. p. 87.  
  3. ^ Black, Vicki K. (January 9, 2004). Welcome to the Church Year: An Introduction to the Seabury Bookssons of the Episcopal Church. Church Publishing, Inc. p. 17.  
  4. ^ "Julkalendern 50 år - Bakgrund". Web.archive.org. December 10, 2007. Archived from the original on December 10, 2007. Retrieved December 9, 2011. 

External links

  • , November 30, 2012The AtlanticTaylor, Alan. "2012 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar",
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