The first Advent calendar originated in the early 1900s in Germany, when a family tradition of attaching 24 candles to a cardboard for each December day of Advent was commercialized by Gerhard Lang. Over the next hundred years, Advent calendars have become a quintessential feature of Christmas around the world. We know of many variations of this popular item, such as Advent calendars filled with chocolate and candy or with toys. But perhaps the most peculiar take on the Advent calendar so far is found in the imaginative work of plastic construction toy makers. From Lego to Playmobil, children now have many options to combine play and faith during Advent.
Here is a list of the most playful Advent calendars:
1. Playmobil Advent Calendar
With 63 colorful plastic pieces, Playmobil’s Advent Calendar isn’t short on fun. Kids can help Santa deliver presents thanks to an in-built “Christmas Post Office” that contains 24 surprise items, one for each day of Advent. Figures include Santa, angels, elves and reindeer.
2. Lego Advent Calendar
With 257 pieces that can be creatively assembled to create Santa’s own city, Lego City Advent Calendar is the perfect match of play and Christmas celebration. It comes with 24 “surprises” for the December days leading up to Christmas.