The Living Advent Calendar taks place every year between December 1:st to December 24:th. Every day a window is opened somewhere in the Old Town where there is a music performance together with a invited person telling a story or making a causerie. The opening of the window takes approx. 15 minutes.
The Living Advent Calendar is arranged by Mäster Olofsgården since 2005. Please check their Web Site for more information about where and when the opening of the windows take place.Do you want to see a opening of a window (Swedish only). It's normally pulished 10 days before December 1:st.
The program leaflet looks like this:
In 1880-talet in Germany there was a mother with little children thinking about what she could do to make the approaching of christmas a bit more exiting for the children, specially for the son Gerhard. She decided to make 24 cakes and put each one in a separate small package. The son was then to open one package each day starting from December 1:st and of course also eat the good cookies insided..
When Gerhard Lang, that was his name, grow up and became a partner in a printing company he decided to print a christmas calendar bases on his mothers idea. He want all children to experience the same good feeling he had when he opened his mothers packaged each day counting down to the christmas day. In 1920 the first christmas calendar was printed and it becamed very quick a huge success.
in 1934 the christmas calendar was introduced to Sweden and the illustration was made by Aina Stenberg-MasOlle. She continue to make the illustrations for the next 29 advent calendars during the comming 30 years until she was 80 years old. Today the Christmas Calendar is something we take for granted and its everywhere, but now you know how it all started.
The first living christmas calendar in Sweden started in the Old Town by Mäster Olofsgården, The German Church, Gamla stan sällskapet, Ingvar Tägström and Michael Djerks in 2005. Today there are living christmas calendare in many Swedish cities to enjoy during December.