Welcome to the the Rhine-online Christmas countdown. It’s like an advent calendar without the doors… Every day in the run-up to Christmas we’ll be giving you the lowdown on German Christmas traditions, local Christmas markets and telling you where we like to buy our prezzies. We’ll also be throwing in the occasional give-away so keep your eyes peeled! Are you ready? Let’s go.
#1: Advent calendars
You need to be prepared for Christmas in Germany. Kids expect a fully packed advent calendar on December 1, preferably lovingly handmade by a member of the family and stuffed full of tiny delights. A shop bought variant is of course an alternative. But there simply has to be one.
Where did it all begin?
Gerhard Lang is widely considered the producer of the first printed Advent calendar in the early 1900s. His calendar was inspired by one his mother made for him which featured 24 coloured pictures. Lang included little doors on his, which have become the standard ever since.
You can buy just about any type if advent calendar these days. Here are our top 5 faves:
Harry Potter socks from Target
Yes – this exists. Not sure why anyone would really want it – but what a great alternative to chocolate! After Christmas you’ll have your pick of Potter themed socks every day – from Harry to Hedwig, the Golden Snitch, the Deathly Hallows symbol and many more.
Aldi wine advent calendar
This boozy calendar comes equipped with 24 bottles of red, white, rose and bubbly, which are the equivalent of six full bottles. You should probably open this one in the evening..
This cute little calendar will get you fit for Christmas with a new yoga position every day. What a great way to start the day?
If you love art, you’ll love this. Juniqe’s art advents calendar will help you liven up your walls in time for Christmas with works of art in a variety of different styles.
Jam and marmalade from Amazon
If you’re going to get a present every morning for the next 24 days, you should be able to spread it on toast. This jam and marmalade advents calendar will brighten up your breakfasts every day.
Have you stuffed 24 sacks with tiny little geschenke? It’s not quite too late…
Don’t forget to check in tomorrow for day #2 in our Christmas countdown!