At the Christmas Sleigh celebrating Advent is an important part of Christmas in Germany.  For Christians of both Protestant and Roman Catholic, it is a time of quiet contemplation that begins four Sundays before Christmas Eve. 



This German invention became a custom at the turn of the 20th century and has since advanced to worldwide popularity.


Advent calendars in Germany have 24 small windows or doors that open to reveal a picture, candy or other small gift. Needless to say, it is a favorite with children because it helps them pass the long waiting time until December 24th, called Heiligabend in Germany. 


That is the evening on which presents are shared in Germany.


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This Kreuter German Paper Advent Calendar is of The Virgin Mary and the birth of Christ, as exhibited in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. 

The magic goes on for 24 days - beautiful and informational that your children will enjoy and remember year after year. 

"Christmas House Wooden Advent Calendar"
This snow covered chalet is truly a Christmas House!

Look through the panes of glass in the windows and see Santa,a Christmas Tree and stockings hung by the fire.

The candles in the windows, the wreaths, and the cheerful snowman sure put you in the spirit of Christmas!


Today Advent Calendars come in all shapes and sizes, filled and unfilled, yet the German Advent Calendars made of paper and sometimes decorated in glitter of gold and silver are as special today as they were hundreds of years ago.

I remember as a child waiting eagerly for our Advent Calendars to arrive from Germany each year, thanks to our generous German grandparents. 

Even though in retrospect I realize that behind each tiny door was, well, just a picture, it was a thrill to open each one each day as the excitement built to the final door on Christmas Eve!

Comes in pack of 10 cards.

"Christmas in Middleburg"
"Christmas Card"

If you love all things equestrian, all things Middleburg, all things hunt country, then this is the card for you! Nice white stock.

Exclusively available at "The Christmas Sleigh" in Middleburg, Virginia.

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Linda and  Dieter Rausch

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