I’ve enjoyed searching through Te Papa’s collections to find items related to Christmas for this year’s advent calendar.
Advent calendars developed from a 19th century German Lutheran tradition of counting down the 24 days before Christmas. An advent calendar has 24 doors that you open each day from 1 December to Christmas Eve to reveal images or small gifts.
With our Collections Online calendar, we add a new collection item every day up to 24 December. Make sure you check each day to see what’s new.
My favourites this year are the Christmas cake decorations, like the one above, that were donated to the museum in 1996.
I was also pleased and surprised to find some Brian Brake photographs with a Christmas theme. The one at the top of this blog is another one of my favourites. There are more Brian Brake photos on the Brake minisite.