Here in Minden, Germany, they hold a Christmas Market every year in December. There is a market in the center of town and they set up kiddie rides, bars and food and candy stands. People are welcome to hang out all day and drink and eat and be merry for the holiday season.
At one end of the market (near Baeckerstrasse) is an old German home that they have converted to a “Living Advent Calendar.” Here is a video of the house with a nice large crowded bar and some musicians playing Christmas music in one of the windows.
What is a live advent calendar?
An Advent calendar is a special calendar used to count or celebrate the days in anticipation of Christmas. Since the date of the first Sunday of Advent varies, falling between November 27 and December 3 inclusive, the Advent calendar usually begins on December 1, although many include the previous few days that are part of the season. The Advent calendar was first used by German Lutherans in the 19th and 20th centuries but is now ubiquitous among adherents of many Christian denominations. Many Advent calendars take the form of a large rectangular card with “windows”, of which there are usually 24: one for each day of December leading up to Christmas Eve. The windows are opened starting with the first one. Often, these windows have a Bible verse and prayer printed on them, which Christian families incorporate as part of their daily Advent devotions. Consecutive doors are opened every day leading up to Christmas. The calendar windows open to reveal an image, poem, a portion of a story (such as the story of the Nativity of Jesus) or a small gift, such as a toy or a chocolate item. Advent calendars range in theme, from sports to technology, often carrying Scripture verses.