The advent calendar and our Christmas present

How do you spend your Christmas time? Here at englishpanish we’re celebrating it like you wouldn’t believe. But, do not despair, we haven’t forgotten about you! We’re still working hard to bring you the latest from the world of translation.

As I’m sure you all know, an advent calendar is a calendar that “counts down” from December 1 to December 24. Traditionally, these advent calendars are made for children and usually bring chocolate for each day of the month. It’s a fun way for kids to count down the days until Christmas Day.

However, just like our own advent calendar, you can now find the most diverse calendars. We’ve seen advent calendars of makeup and even books!


What even is Advent?

Advent is the first period in the Christian liturgical year. It is a time of spiritual preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth (the “coming of the Redeemer”). It includes the four Sundays running up to Christmas, for which four candles are placed on a wreath of pine branches in churches and some homes.


What are the origins of the Advent calendar?

The origin of the Advent calendar dates back to 19th century Germany, when Protestants lit a candle for each day of the Advent period. From the 1920s onwards, however, calendars with chocolate and later even toys and sweets became popular. Today, the Advent calendar tradition has moved away from Christianity and usually begins on December 1.


Why not celebrate this holiday with us?!

Since we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate this wonderful season with you, we have decided to make our own advent calendar with what we do best: translation. We have a wonderful and festive calendar with legal terms in Spanish and English that you can see here in full!

What do you think? How many terms did you already know? Any of them surprise you?

Stay tuned and keep your eyes peeled, we may just surprise you again in the future.

About Xerezade Ansedes López

Graduate Degree in Translation and Interpreting from Universidade de Vigo, Spain. Degree in English Language and German from Bangor University, UK. English teacher and translator and proofreader in the German and English to Spanish combinations. Published author.

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