Christians who follow the traditional Church Calendar celebrate not only Christmas and the New Year, but a third early winter observance. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas, consequently
varying in length between 22 and 28 days. Advent 2013 begins December 1 and ends December 24 as usual, making it 24 days long.)
One Advent tradition, not limited these days to practicing Christians, is the Advent Calendar; usually a laminated card or poster with windows that can be opened, one for each day of Advent,
revealing symbols or images associated with anticipation of coming Christmas. However, Advent calendar apps to be viewed on a computer, tablet or smartphone are increasingly popular.
Advent was first celebrated by Western Christendom in the 4th Century as a time to prepare for Christ’s Second Coming, which many at the time were convinced was imminent. It was originally known as
“little Lent,” because, like Lent, it is a time of repentance, with prayer, fasting, and Confession. Advent celebration gradually spread through the Western Church and expanded to anticipate the
Nativity as well.
According to the Blogging Thomas Website, advent calendars first appeared in 19th-Century Germany, when various methods of counting the days between the start of Advent and Christmas Day were used.
Advent calendars were introduced to the USA with the assistance of U.S. president Dwight Ike Eisenhower, whose grandchildren took a shine to the idea. The calendar was soon adopted in other
countries too, and in the UK chocolates began to appear behind the little doors as soon as rationing would allow. By the end of the 1950s, chocolate advent calendars had appeared, and by the
following decade they had become widespread.
Here are some electronic Advent calendars for 2013:
Gourmet Pixel Ltd. has made this one the biggest and best Christmas app for iOS devices. Packed full of features, the app includes a helpful countdown, letting you know exactly how many more days
you have to get all those presents for loved ones.
The app is available all year long, yet before the 1st of December each year…