Advent Calendar on Gengenbach's Town Hall

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Advent Calendar on Gengenbach's Town Hall Dec 12, 2017
Gengenbach’s “USP” in pre-Christmas season is their Advent Calendar. They claim that it is the largest in the world (I’m not sure whether that’s still true, though, as other cities have followed their example.)

Advent calendars in normal size are popular with children, and also with big children, in this country in order to count the days until Christmas. The calendar has 24 windows. Each day from Dec 1 to 24, a new window, the one with the matching number, is opened. Behind it there could be a picture, a piece of chocolate, or a little gift depending on the type of calendar. This as explanation about the background.

Gengenbach’s neoclassical town hall has exactly 24 windows facing the main square, including the two dormer windows on the roof. The whole façade is being turned into a giant Advent calendar. Each day at 6 p.m. they are holding a ceremony during which the next day’s window is unveiled and illuminated. The ceremony was lead by a herald who told a short story in verses, which was at the same time performed in dance and pantomime by a group of children. They try to give it a modern touch – the herald even had to rap parts of it…

They change to a different set of pictures every couple of years. Currently they use paintings by Andy Warhol. Colourful and funny pictures they are.
The Glühwein mugs depict the Adve…
Town hall as Advent calendar
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Toonsarah says:
A lovely idea!
Posted on: Dec 13, 2017
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