Well, it’s nearly the end of November and the daily blogging challenge, so it’s nearly December and of course I still buy my children Advent Calendars.
The chocolate thing is very new to me. I grew up in the 1960s and I was grateful just to open a window and see a donkey or a shepherd or a star in the distance. I didn’t even get to open a window every day because I shared my Advent Calendar with two of my brothers, so it was every third day. When I woke up in the morning it was the first thing on my mind, I was that excited.
When I had my own children, I steered away from chocolate calendars for as long as I could and instead gave them religious Advent Calendars so that they would learn the Christmas story. But their friends were given chocolate calendars, and Father Christmas was everywhere. It was all so confusing. In the end, I gave them each a traditional calendar but also hung up a fabric Father Christmas with 24 pockets – and in each pocket I stuffed some chocolates. That way, I hoped, they thought about the Christmas story and also had their chocolate. Win, win.
Oxfam shops sell Divine Fairtrade Chocolate Calendars which also depict a Nativity scene so for the last few years I’ve been buying those. I can’t imagine I’ll ever want to stop doing this, whatever age my children are.
For more traditions, head over to It’s Not This Time of Year Without…