For instance, I grew up without an advent calendar. Don’t get me wrong. Christmas was a Big Deal in our home. But for some reason, in the midst of all the decorating and generosity, my mother never gave me an advent calendar. Perhaps the only ones they had back then were overly religious and she, trying to raise me to come to my own understanding of the metaphysical, avoided such things. I don’t know. But I always wanted to have a permanent advent calendar for our home. I even came up with a list of possible projects for creating all sorts of advent calendars using felt or matchboxes.
This is probably why I became so excited when Marc came home with an advent card from his job at Starbucks. I have filled it up with my holiday jewelry. Mostly earrings but I have a few jingly bracelets and such hidden in the little drawers. Not surprisingly, when I saw the advent calendar they have this year, I fell in love. Each tin contains a little something and can easily be refilled year after year with different things—treats or favorite quotes or just all sorts of random goodness.
I suppose if I were a more generous person, I would send Marc home with this advent calendar but I’m not all that generous after all.
This year, Rob surprised me with an advent calendar all my own. I’ve never had one of these chocolate a day calendars. This morning I had my first piece and was surprised. There’s a picture of a candle beneath the chocolate which, itself, has a calendar design on it. Is this what other children grew up with? Bibi has the same calendar so, although she doesn’t know it, we’re sharing the experience together.
Wearing my first piece of holiday jewelry after eating a piece of chocolate. That’s how I started my day today. And now Bibi won’t have to wait until her own child brings home an advent calendar from work. Okay. Maybe I’m not generous enough to give away the other advent calendar but, thanks to Rob, I am sharing the advent experience with our granddaughter.
Here are links to some of the types of projects I used to find so inspiring.
I'm going to go ahead and create a Pinterest board of advent calendars. I'm sure that there are many more uses for something like this--like counting down to a birthday or other holiday or special event.