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Because the advent calendar originated in Germany, it is appropriate that in a German town named Gengenbach, the whole town hall becomes an advent calendar every year. Gengenbach’s town hall has 24 windows (Because Advent follows a religious calendar, the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas ranges from 22 to 28 days). Every year artists, often children’s book illustrators, are hired to paint a scene to go behind each window. People gather each evening to see the unveiling of the next window, starting on November 30.

Dickens’s Classic Christmas Tale Today, it is common to hear about celebrities raising money and awareness for causes they believe in. More than a century and a half ago, British author Charles Dickens had a similar idea. At the time he was writing his novels, the tradition of Christmas as a time of peace, charity, and compassion for others was at a low point. The Industrial Revolution had brought 18th-century London many advances but at a considerable price. The population of Great Britain tripled between the beginning and the end of the century.

Decisions made by Jewish religious leaders about Jewish law and ethics. ) According to the Talmud, the special menorah of Hanukkah, called the hanukkiyah, must hold nine candles, one for each of the eight nights that the oil burned in the Temple in Jerusalem as well as a shamash, or servant candle. The shamash is used to light the other candles, and may not be used for any other purpose. The lights are also to burn for at least a half hour after it gets dark outside. The first night of Hanukkah, one candle is placed to the far right.

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