It seems the hanging up of an advent calendar and the eating of chocolate or opening of doors makes the month go past quicker.
The boys have already munched their way through the top row of theirs;
This weeks pause is about rituals/traditions - things which we do at the same time and the same way each advent/Christmas - am sure many of you are the same.
The first one is the hanging of the advent calendar. Bought when there was only one son from a Christmas charity shop. The pockets use to contain a few sweets and also a few treats and Christmas activities. It was meant to be a stop gap until I made something but that has never happened and now its probably too late. Those boys of mine are growing up fast and now need reminding about their chocolate each day!
The calendar hangs in the same place each year and I like to put it up on November 30th and fill it so its waiting for the next morning.
The other thing that happens at the same time is the first bits of Christmas find their way onto the dresser in the kitchen;
My calendar is stuck on the cupboard door, a candle is put out and lit when I have a few quiet moments to myself. I also gather together some of my Christmas ornaments.
Other things that have to happen are the cooking of a ham joint on Christmas eve so we can have it for dinner that night, always with baked potatoes, red cabbage and pickles.
This gets eaten after we've been to the open air carol service - though last year only 3 of us went - big son opted to stay home and make sure dinner was ready for when we got home!
Oh and for the carol service - a hip flask is filled with sloe gin and when I meet with my friends and sing carols - we keep warm with the odd nip or two!
What special things do you family do?
xxx Vicki xxx