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Advent calendars

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Do you have an advent calendar?

Did you know that the first ever advent calendar had cake in it?

One December a mummy 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 mummy had done, and in 1903 he made 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.

Today’s advent calendars often have chocolates behind each door. Chocolate is made from beans that grow in some of the world’s poorest countries. Many Christians  buy Fair Trade advent calendars to make sure that they are following Jesus’ teaching of loving their neighbour, especially as they get ready for Christmas.

You might like to download a Traidcraft Advent Calendar with a difference here. 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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