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Advent Calendars Can Keep Us Focused

Where do these come from? How can I find one?

According to, Gerhard Lang, a printer in Germany, made the first one in 1908. His mother used to attach 24 little candles to a piece of cardboard; he decided to substitute small colored pictures onto the cardboard.

Later little doors were added to be opened each day, revealing a biblical picture or symbol. More elaborate calendars have contained a chocolate or some other treat for each day.

Advent begins this year on November 29. Many calendars are perpetual ones, starting on December 1 and ending with December 25. In their own way, they remind us that God has always journeyed with and loved the human family.

An Internet search will reveal many types of Advent calendars for every budget.

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