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 is a German illustrator and photographer who has gained an international reputation. In 1997 she won the German Literature Prize for her collected works. Her fantastic fairy-tale world is strikingly stylized and filled with graceful dolls and artifical landscapes. Her first illustrated fairy-tale book, Lipunchen, was translated into 17 languages. She has also illustrated Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales including The Frong King and Juniper Tree.