Countdown To Christmas

Fran Riley Feature - Advent calendars

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – A celebration of German tradition. A countdown to Christmas. Advent calendars. Almost fifty are on display at Davenport’s German American Heritage Center.

Hedy Hustedde has several from her collection included in the exhibit. Her dad made a wooden Christmas tree calendar. She gave that Advent calendar to her daughter.

She made an Advent calendar for her son. It is a train. The Bettendorf librarian also designed a calendar from cross stitch.

Advent calendars originated in nineteenth century Germany. The calendars count down the days to the birth of the Savior.

The display features pop up calendars. Bright and beautiful reminders of Advent.

The exhibit also includes a model of a twin hausbarn. That is a German home with living quarters on one side and livestock on the other. It is hand made.

Dolls dressed in costumes represent cultures from around the world.

The exhibit remains at the German American Heritage Center in Davenport through January 3rd. That day there will be an open house from noon to 4pm.
Admission is free. A celebration of Christmas!

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