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Christmas Calendars in Switzerland

It's less than a month till Christmas and the streets and stores are filled with lights and glittering decorations. It's the time of the year you drink hot wine with spices and eat home made cookies. In Switzerland another Christmas tradition will be starting soon, the tradition of Christmas calendars.

What are Swiss Christmas Calendars? 

In Switzerland, Christmas calendars are used during the Christmas season starting from December 1st until December 24th. It's the children who enjoy them most although some grown ups can be just as excited about them.

Traditionally, the calendars are Christmas themed pictures where you can open a window every day and there is a picture hidden underneath. Nowadays, there are also calendars featuring characters from animated movies or pop stars.. Some calendars also have little chocolates instead of pictures hidden underneath the windows. Those are the calendars you can buy at a store but the best Christmas calendars are home made!

Growing up, we had a Christmas calendar made from little bags hung on a string and every day we could open one of them and eat the sweets inside. What great fun! This year I received a calendar from my godmother. She put many small bags with something in them in a glass bowl with a candle inside. I don't yet know what's inside but it sure looks very pretty!

the Christmas calendar I received

How to make your own Christmas Calendar

If you would like to sweeten up your holiday season, I suggest you try yourself at making a creative calendar for your family, a friend or yourself! Here are a few suggestions:
  1. Buy a bunch of sweets at the candy store or little gifts and wrap them up in little presents. Label each present with a number (1-24) so you'll know which one to open each day. Then put them in a big bowl or basket or hang them on a laundry line. 
  2. Write gift notes or buy vouchers for little things, roll them up and tie them on a string (much like the tail of a kite). Also label them with numbers 1-24.
  3. For a more adult version, buy mini liquor bottles (like the ones you get on a plane), wrap them up and label them and put on a shelf. You may open and drink one each day!
Christmas calendar my neighbor made


More detailed instructions and many ideas on how to make your own Swiss Christmas calendar can be found here: How to Make Your Own Christmas Calendar




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