The unusual shape of this Advent calendar -- more than a yard wide when unfolded -- affords it many possible uses. Unfolded, it makes a decorative wall frieze. Folded, it can be used as a centerpiece that can stand alone or surround a light or a small Christmas tree.
Binette Schroeder, born in Hamburg, Germany, is a highly acclaimed illustrator,painter, and portrait photographer. After studying graphic design at a private college in Munich, she attended courses in Basel at the Hochschule für Design. In 1969 she achieved a breakthrough with her very first work, Lupinchen. In 1997 she was awarded the special German Children’s Literature Prize for her life’s work and in 2004 the Grand Prize of the Volkach Academy for Children’s and Young Adult literature. Today she lives near Munich with her husband, Peter Nickl.