I thought for my first Ruby Tuesday post I would write about Advent Calendars.
An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count or celebrate the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Advent is from the Latin word adventus meaning "coming." Some calendars are strictly religious, whereas others are secular in content.
The ones that I came across in the stores this season were very different, and much more elaborate, than the ones I used to know which were paper calendars and simpler.
The origins of the Advent calendar come from German Lutherans who, at least as early as the beginning of the 19th century, would count down the 24 days of Advent physically. Often this meant simply drawing a chalk line on the door each day, beginning on December 1. Some families had more elaborate means of marking the days, such as lighting a new candle (perhaps the genesis of today's Advent wreath) or hanging a little religious picture on the wall each day.The first known Advent calendar was handmade in 1851.
The number of doors can also increase to twenty five or twenty six to cover Christmas Day, Hanukkah and Boxing Day, and further to thirty one or thirty two to include New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. This latter act was particularly evident over December 1999, counting down to January 1, 2000.
So what will be your first Ruby Tuesday post during the holiday season? Remember you can post on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwaanza, or the Winter Solstice or Winter or anything you like.
I have created a few different Ruby Tuesday badges for you to use, if you like, during this holiday season:
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