Nativity Advent Calendars


Advent, actually adventus Domini (Latin for arrival of the Lord), refers to the time of year when Christianity prepares for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas (Wikipedia).

This is also how the tradition of the Advent calendar developed, which became very popular during this Christmas season. The origins of the Advent calendar can be traced back to the end of the 19th century. The Advent calendar originated in the religious, Protestant environment. The religious aspect of the Advent calendar was in the foreground. In particular, children were to be prepared for the feast of the birth of Christ with a Christmas timepiece.


In the families of that time of the 19th century daily devotions were held, or Bible texts, prayers read around so a calendrical expiration in the Pre-Christmas season to obtain. From this environment we find the first early forms of the Advent calendar, as we know it today.


There were many forms of the early religious Advent calendar. It was very simple, for example, the wiping away of a chalk line on a door, or blackboard.on Christmas Eve was then just all gone.

Likewise, there were Advent candles, which were allowed to burn a little more each day. Bible numbers Advent calendar

In the catholic area an empty crib was prepared with pleasure. Each day the children were allowed to fill the manger with straws, or feathers, so that the "Christ Child" could lie softly at Christmas. This is certainly how the die-cut paper nativity scenes and also Advent calendars with nativity motifs were created.

Nativity Advent calendar as a collector's item

Nativity Advent calendars are very popular today, especially among adults. Older copies often also have 25 doors, because in the past the first day of Christmas was the most important holiday. Often they are collectible objects. There are the Nativity Advent calendars in the most varied forms: from the inexpensive flat Advent calendars which only show the Nativity scene pictorially, to elaborately die-cut Advent calendars which can be set up and show the whole event three-dimensionally. There was also a tear-off calendar as a nativity scene.  Every day, a page could be torn off a block and a nativity scene figure cut out of it. Advent calendars can also be found on the market today as a buildable nativity scene. So the events at the manger can be supplemented every day by a figure / animal / object, so that on Christmas Eve the manger appears complete.

Nativity Advent calendar in the Richard Sellmer publishing house can be found here