Advent calendar from the original South Tyrolean Christmas markets
Count down the days until Christmas Eve with advent calendars from South Tyrol’s Christmas markets
As the story goes, the first Advent calendar was invented in Germany at the turn of the 20th century because young Gerhard Lang was anxious for the Christmas to come. Every day he asked his mother: “When will it finally be Christmas? How many days left until celebrations begin?
In order to help him count down the days, his mother filled 24 small sacks with sweets. Every day from the first of December until Christmas Eve, little Gerhard was allowed to open a small sack. Even as an adult he never forgot the magic of the Advent calendar and soon began mass-producing them for the first time. The calendar featured 24 little cupboard doors that mothers could fill with little surprises for their children.
And so it is today that the many Christmas markets throughout South Tyrol still count down the days from the first of December to Christmas eve. Every city has their own special calendar and every day at 4:30 pm, people gather to watch the angels of the Christmas market open the little doors.