Monday, December 1, 2008

ADVENT CALENDARS


TODAY WE GOT OUT THE ADVENT CALENDAR AND ARE STARTING A NEW TRADITION! INSTEAD OF LITTLE PIECES OF SUGAR FOR EACH NEW DAY IN DECEMBER (DON'T WE GET ENOUGH SUGAR THIS MONTH ALREADY?) I DECIDED TO TRY SOMETHING NEW. WE HAVE THIS GREAT POTTERY BARN KIDS ADVENT HOUSE. IT HAS LITTLE DOORS THAT YOU OPEN UP EACH DAY IN DECEMBER.

THIS YEAR I AM WRITING LITTLE SENTIMENTS FOR THE KIDS. I THINK THIS WILL BE FUN AND A NICE REMINDER THAT PRESENTS DON'T ALWAYS HAVE TO BE PURCHASED TO MAKE SOMEONE FEEL LOVED.

SOME IDEAS I HAVE SOME UP WITH ARE THESE:


GO LOOK UNDER YOUR PILLOW FOR A SPECIAL SURPRISE......


DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR MOM WAS BORN IN A CAR (TRUE FACT!)


WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO WAS....


TONIGHT WE WILL BAKE YOUR FAVORITE COOKIES AND LISTEN TO CHRISTMAS CAROLS....


TONIGHT WE WILL DO A PUZZLE TOGETHER, OR PLAY THE GAME OF YOUR CHOICE....


YOU HAVE TO DRAW A PICTURE OF YOUR MOM AND DAD!


I LOVE YOU BECAUSE.....


WHEN I FIRST SAW YOU I THOUGHT.....


THINGS LIKE THAT. I HOPE IT WILL MEAN A LOT TO THEM EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE ONLY 5 (SOON TO BE 6) AND 10


JUST FOR FUN I THOUGHT I WOULD ADD A LITTLE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE ADVENT CALENDAR TOO!


HAPPY DECEMBER!!!


[edit] History
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 (NĂ–) 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. His company has now been established as one of the biggest sellers of advent produce. Other companies such as Cadbury's who specialise in the making of calendars have similar stocks, if not higher.



3 comments:

Jessica said...

I love the idea!

Dawnie said...

I love this! I need to find a pottery barn..thats one store I've been meaning to hit.
I love your blog..I'm dawn from wisconsin..feel free to come on by me and PLEASE give me tips on deocrating..i'm a mess!

shelly lambert said...

where did you find the solid scalloped cream colored plates on your wall??

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