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The history of advent calendar

If you're like most people, you're probably looking forward to Christmas. But luckily, there's a way to make the days leading up to December 25 a little more bearable: Advent calendars!

The origins

The origins of the Advent calendar

For many people, the Advent calendar is a cherished childhood tradition. Every day in the month of December leading up to Christmas, children would enthusiastically open a small door or flap in their Advent calendar to reveal a little chocolate. Today, Advent calendars come in all shapes and sizes, but by far the most popular are those filled with chocolate. But where does this tradition come from? Let's take a look at the history of the chocolate advent calendar.

The idea behind the chocolate Advent calendar is simple: every day leading up to Christmas, you eat a piece of chocolate. Originally, this was done with actual doors that opened to reveal a Christmas-related image or scene. Today, most Advent calendars have 24 windows, each containing a small piece of milk or dark chocolate.

The origins of the Advent date back to the 19th century in Germany. The first known Advent calendar was created by German Protestant pastor Johann Heinrich Wichern in 1851. He used a large blackboard to mark the days leading up to Christmas, and each day he moved a counter one space towards Christmas.

The first known commercial Advent calendar was produced in 1908 by German confectioner Richard Sellner. His Advent calendars featured 24 small windows, behind each of which was a piece of candy or chocolate. Today, Advent calendars come in all shapes and sizes, and you can even find some that contain small toys or beauty products!


For more than 200 years, the Advent calendar has been a time-honored tradition to keep young and old alike waiting. We've created our calendar to give you the opportunity to have delicious, high-quality chocolates to look forward to at Christmas!

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Nowadays Today's Advent calendar

Chocolate Advent calendars are popular for several reasons. Firstly, they help you count down the days to Christmas.

This is especially exciting for children who can't wait for Santa to arrive! Secondly, they give you a little treat every day.

It's a great way to enjoy chocolate without eating a whole bar or box at once!


Today, Advent calendars come in all shapes and sizes. You can find them filled with everything from chocolates and toys to beauty products and wine.

Finally, many people see chocolate advent calendars as a fun way to get into the holiday spirit. Seeing all those little pieces of chocolate lined up in their respective windows can really get you excited about Christmas! Plus, it's always fun to see what kind of chocolate awaits you each day.

Advent calendar - Basile & Téa

What's the best chocolate Advent calendar?

Now that we've answered all your burning questions about chocolate advent calendars, you're probably wondering which one is the best. While there are many interesting options, for the first time we've created the Basile & Téa Advent calendar. True to the values of our chocolate factory, our Advent calendar is above all filled with high-quality chocolates and gourmet treats in unique flavors!


Advent calendars are a fun and festive way to count down the days to Christmas. And now that you know a little more about their history, we hope you'll enjoy them even more!

If you're looking for a fun and festive way to count down the days to Christmas, then a chocolate Advent calendar is perfect for you!

These calendars have been around for over 100 years and show no signs of slowing down in popularity.

So go ahead and treat yourself this holiday season - your taste buds will thank you!