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Advent Calendars a.k.a. Advent calendar: 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 compromises by beginning 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. Many Advent calendars take the form of a large rectangular card with "windows", of which there are usually 24: one for each day of December leading up to Christmas Eve. The windows are opened starting with the first one. Often times, these windows have a Bible verse and prayer printed on them, which Christian families incorporate as part of their daily Advent devotions. Consecutive doors are opened every day leading up to Christmas. The calendar windows open to reveal an image, poem, a portion of a story 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.

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Google previewThe World Encyclopedia of Christmas (2012)

by Gerry Bowler

Advent Calendar Advent calendars note the days in December remaining until Christmas. The most common form of thesehas little doorsthatare openedeach day to reveal a candy,picture, toy, or verse.

Google previewThe Christmas Encyclopedia, 3d ed. (2001)

by William D. Crump

ADVENT CALENDARS. Designed especially for children to count 0H: the days in Advent leading up to Christmas, Advent calendars and Advent houses portray behind little flaps sacred or secular holiday themes for each day from December 1 ...

Google previewAnglican Young People's Dictionary (2004)

by June A. English

Commercial Advent calendars usually have twenty-four days— one for each December day before Christmas. Each day is marked by a small flap or door. Each door opens to reveal a picture or message relating to the events of the season.

Google previewA Dictionary for Episcopalians (2000)

by John N. Wall

Advent calendars usually have a series of small windows to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Folklife (2015)

by Simon J Bronner

Many families also keep Advent calendars at home, which include a picture or Bible verse for each day. Among Mexican Catholics in the United States, Advent is marked by Los Posada (literally the “inn” in Spanish), a procession conducted ...

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