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December 1

Christmas in Denmark  advent candle

The advent candle has been lit for the first time this year, and the countdown for Christmas has begun. So has my usual Christmas – blog – calendar. I hope you will enjoy it, if you need a bit more information about the traditions, you might find some useful links at my other blog, mydailydenmark.

I wish you a good December. Let the party begin.

December 3

kalenderlys calenderlight

“Calender-light”-  the count down candle is a must, at least for families with children, and others who want to welcome the Christmas spirit. There are many different models to choose between, – but they are all marked with 24 numbers. 🙂

 

December 2

kalenderlys

Already behind schedule, – we forgot to lit the Christmas countdown candle yesterday, so today has to be a double session.

Candles with print were sold for the first time in 1942, before that time, people used to draw 24 lines on a white candle, – or light a little candle every day, to count the days till Christmas eve.

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December 1

Today calendar candles will be lit in many Danish homes, 24 days before the big celebration, Christmas eve. The big challenge is to remember only to burn a little every day.

Candles with print were sold for the first time in 1942, before that time, people used to draw lines on a white candle, – or light a little candle every day. When I was at school, back in the stoneage, the teacher used to draw 24 candles on the blackboard – and then lit one every day.
I don´t know what started this tradition, but it seems that the advent calender was “invented” at the same period, with the same purpose: to count down the days. My guess is that is was a parent tired of answering the childrens question about how many days were left before Christmas eve.

Counting the days

This candle has 24 numbers, one for each day until christmas at 24.12.  The tradition with counting down by burning a candle bit by bit, is told to be older than the 67 years that have passed sine a firm in 1942 started to produce and sell “calender-candles”.  Before that time, people managed to make the candle-counting in one way or another, without help from professional candle counting designers and salesmen. But that is of course looong time ago…

December 1