Advent calendars, where did they come from?

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Those who live in the United Kingdom have certainly had an advent calendar at least once. 
In the UK they are easily found and of all kinds. They often start on December 1st and have a window for each day until Christmas . By opening the window you will usually find a chocolate or other little surprise. There are also purely religious versions that instead of chocolate reveal a passage from the Gospel. These calendars are also quite common in the United States and northern Europe. They are however a German Lutheran tradition that started in 1800 and have since become a regular Christmas custom in Germany. In the materialistic and consumerist age, don’t be surprised to find Advent calendars that have nothing religious at all. In fact, you can find the Advent calendar of Barbie, Lego and even Nivea. Some are very expensive as, instead of having a humble gift have jewellery or perfumes. Others are novelty calendars you might find those with vegan chocolates or fancy herbal teas. Quite often though these Advent Calendars can be a bargain, the sum of the value of all the gifts far exceeds the cost of the calendar.

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