It’s Advent calendar season.
As you probably are too, I am seeing a lot of things about advent calendars and advent season around right now.
It’s a lovely tradition.
I especially love the idea of doing something special every day leading up to Christmas, not just the “open a door and get a candy” variety. When the boys were little, one year I wrapped up ALL of our Christmas books, put them under the tree, and each night we opened one, and then read it. That was fun. It also was a lot of wrapping. lol.
I’ve seen other things, like, I don’t know- reading a certain Bible verse each day. Or doing a “kindness” advent calendar, where you commit a certain act of kindness each day (e.g. deliver a Christmas card to a neighbor. Call an old friend. Etc.) I know there are probably a zillion other ideas for families.
I haven’t really done much in that way, besides that one book year, I guess because I feel like we do a lot of other Christmas stuff, and I just don’t have the bandwidth for any more.
I do get the boys these VERY fancy advent calendars, though:
I think they are $2.99 at the drugstore?? Okay, and full disclosure, my mom actually bought these for the boys this year. So I spent $0 on the advent calendars. hahaha!
I know these are totally the most “basic” version of an advent calendar you can get. I mean, even the grocery store carries the Lindt truffle version, or the fancier Dove chocolates. But I like these! Because these were the ones that I always had as a child. With those little waxy chocolate figures inside, that taste….decent?
Call it nostalgia or whatever you will, but I have no desire to ever upgrade our advent calendars. #teamcheapadventcalendarforlife
St. Nick’s Day
Today was also St. Nick’s Day. I’ve learned over the years that this is not a widely or universally celebrated little mini-holiday, but, it was widely celebrated where I grew up. Basically, St. Nick comes on the night of the 5th and fills the stocking with candy or other little small gifts.
(As a result of this tradition, we do NOT fill stockings on Christmas itself! Christmas is only regular, wrapped presents, under the tree.)
I used to go a little more all out for St. Nick’s, or at least I’d buy some more interesting “gifts” to go in the stocking. I remember buying little matchbox cars, or a Christmas book, or a set of bouncy balls, or a Christmas DVD (before streaming was a thing).
Now, the boys still love this tradition, but St. Nick has become a little fatter and a little lazier. He mostly just brings candy now. lol. This year he did throw in some flavored ChapSticks. Last year I know he brought some fun colored mechanical pencils, etc.
But candy seems to be mostly sufficient for these 13 and 14 year olds. 🙂 It’s the tradition that counts, right?
(It is not lost on me that we still have HALLOWEEN candy sitting around somewhere in their bedrooms. I told you, they never eat it all.) But I usually pick out a few favorites for St. Nick’s, so this stuff is more guaranteed to get gobbled up. 😉
Does anyone do any fun Advent traditions?? I kind of like the idea of doing some kind of a personal Advent calendar, like reading something specific each day, or answering a certain writing prompt each day, or I don’t know… just something small to get me in the Christmas spirit. 🙂 Open to ideas.
I am grateful for: 1) my co-volunteer coordinator!! 2) tires on my car 3) school bus and school bus drivers.