Legend says that in the late 19th century in Germany, the mother of a child named Gerhard Lang made her son an Advent Calendar comprised of 24 tiny sweets stuck onto cardboard. Lang never forgot the excitement he felt when he was given his Advent calendar at the beginning of each December, and how it reminded him every day that the greatest celebration of the whole year was approaching ever nearer. As an adult he went into partnership with his friend Reichhold and opened a printing office. In 1908, they produced what is thought to be the first-ever printed Advent Calendar with a small colored picture for each day in Advent. Later, at the beginning of the 20th century, they hit on the idea of making the pictures into little shuttered windows for the children to open day by day in order to heighten their sense of expectation.
Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas (or sometimes from the 1st December to Christmas Day!). Advent means 'Coming' in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas.
The Body Shop was responsible for one of the world’s first beauty calendars over 15 years ago and now it's back with new offerings that have us feeling christmassy.
This year’s animated packaging is inspired by the thriving wildlife of the forests and there is much more than just the lovely products and skin loving surprises.
There is a 25-day challenge with small, fun tasks to help make the world a better place. Once you have completed the challenge, it turns into an engaging board game, so you can try outing the world back together again!
Are you game?
The Body Shop game is on!
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