Advent Calendars: A Fun Look Back At How They've Evolved

advent calendar felt pockets on a dark wooden background with a green wreath

If you're like me, you love advent calendars! I can't help but get excited when December 1st rolls around and I can start counting down the days until Christmas. But have you ever wondered where advent calendars come from? How did they evolve into the fun, festive traditions that we enjoy today? Keep reading to find out!

The first recorded advent calendar was created in the early 1800s. These early advent calendars were simple pieces of paper with 25 small windows that could be opened one per day leading up to Christmas. Sometimes, the windows would contain Bible verses or other religious messages. Other times, they would be filled with images related to the Christmas story.

As time went on, advent calendars began to take on more of a secular focus. By the early 1900s, German companies were producing advent calendars that featured images of Santa Claus, reindeer, and other Christmas icons. These calendars were originally intended for children, but they quickly became popular among adults as well.

Advent calendars are a fun way to countdown to Christmas. They've come a long way since their humble beginnings as simple pieces of paper with 25 small windows.

Today, you can find advent calendars filled with all sorts of things, from chocolate and wine to beauty products and jewelry. No matter what your interests are, there's sure to be an advent calendar out there that's perfect for you like the EPP Advent Calendar! So go ahead and treat yourself to one this holiday season!

The Second Annual EPP Advent Calendar is now open for sign ups! 

25 new blocks for you to download from December 1st through December 25th. 

No calories! Ooooh yeah!! 

PDF templates if you like to print and cut by hand HERE.

SVG templates if you like to cut with a cutting machine like Cricut/Silhouette/ScanNcut HERE. 


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