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Advent Calendars

Where did they start and how can an advent calendar with a difference be used?

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One December a mother cut a cake into 24 pieces and put them onto a piece of cardboard. Her little boy got to eat one piece each day until Christmas.That little boy grew up to be a printer. He always remembered what his mother had done, and in 1903 he produced the first Advent Calendar. It had 24 little windows. Behind each window was a picture of something he had wished for as a child – mostly toys.

Download a Traidcraft Advent Calendar with a difference. For each day of Advent it shows how we can pray for the world and help the people in some of the poorest countries in some practical ways.

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