Erster Advent by Andra Riemhofer

Advent and Christmas Traditions Germany

OMG! Was sending small Advent calendar cards to my VIP clients and business contacts but forgot to keep one for myself. Today, on 1 December, I could have opened the first window. You don’t know what I’m talking about? The Advent calendar is an important countdown to Christmas for German children (and grownups). Every day for four weeks preceding Christmas, a window in the calendar is opened to reveal a poem, parts of a story, candy or a small gift. Advent calendars flood shops across Germany during this season. You got one, but wonder why there are “only” 24 windows? The time most people are looking forward to is Christmas Eve, the day when they can finally unwrap their presents – maybe bought on Black Friday…