Ho Ho Ho friends! So Thanksgiving day has come and gone and Black Friday has officially ushered in the Christmas season. Fabulous. It's my favorite time of the year and, as such, I always try to make it a very special season full of sweet treats, holiday fun and family traditions.
First up is the advent calendar.
Yup. We count down.
It all started years and years ago, when first born was an infant. My mom and I were in a really sweet shop in a village near my home and I spotted this sweet house. There was just something so charming about it, I had to have it.
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It would be a Hallmark holiday.
|(This is the one I have Byers' Choice Advent Calendar House)|
Of course, I had just left a full time teaching position to stay home with a baby. Frivolous purchases were not in the budget.
But - as usual- it was mom to the rescue. She was there having that same sugarplum vision right next to me and told the saleslady, "We'll take it!" before I had time to tell her to put her wallet away.
Truth be told, I'm glad she didn't. It's been 18 years since she gave me that gift and we have used it every Christmas (except for two when I went the DIY route) since.
It has become one of kids' all time favorite symbols of the season. Oh the treats aren't large ~ they wouldn't fit inside anyway and now I stuff it with family activity ideas ~ and the dreamy picture I had so many years ago, wasn't always so picturesque.
There were fights about whose day it was to open the door or why we had to wait for everyone to get home, when the school schedules were different, but overall, it was pretty close.
And most importantly, every day when I pass by the house, every time I come up with ideas to stuff into it and each moment the doors open and I see that look of excitement on my now teenagers' faces, I think of my mom.
Of her generous spirit.
Of her love of tradition, of Christmas and my family.
And mostly of that day we were able to spend shopping together with my brand new baby.
And I smile.
Every day until Christmas.
And that's the best countdown of all.