Sunday, 5 December 2010

5, 4, 3, 2, 1...


I get so excited about Christmas! And I so love the countdown to the big day :-)


We mark that countdown in various different ways; we always have a chocolate Advent calendar each (ever since I've known The Doctor I've given him a calendar as part of his birthday present, with his birthday being on 1st December! And, naturally, if he's having one then I'm having one.... So then The Children need one each too!)

Some years we've had a traditional calendar of one kind or another in addition to the chocolate ones. One year it was an Advent chain, with a little challenge written on each link, the purpose being to donate money to a charity at the end of the Advent period. For example, one link might say 'donate 5p for each room in your house', which also prompted us to talk about those who share just one room or who are homeless and what we might do to help them.

Another year I made a set of 24 little boxes, and each contained a few verses from the Bible. Over Advent the verses built up the story of the first Christmas.


I also re-read The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder each December. The chapters are numbered according to the days in Advent. Most years I get so into the story that I can't make it last and find myself reading on and finishing it by about the 15th! Last year, for the first time, I was very strict with myself and didn't finish it till 24th December.


Other than that, there are certain points through the month that mark the passing of this time leading up to Christmas Day. There are traditional activities that take place at around the same time each year, for example. As we tick each of these off, we become aware of how much closer Christmas is each time! We celebrate several family birthdays (The Doctor, The Boy, The Brother, The Sister); we attend special services (the Advent wreath being lit, the Christingle at school, the end of term service, the big carol service, the children's Christmas Eve service, and the celebration on Christmas Day itself); several Christmassy things happen at school (Christmas Fair, Surprise Presents, KS1 Nativity, the aforementioned Christingle and end of term service, staff Christmas lunch, pupils' Christmas parties); then there are food items to prepare throughout the month (I always make my mincemeat at the beginning of December, for example - that helps me to appreciate that Advent has truly begun!)

All this counting down just intensifies the excitement for me. Perhaps one day I'll outgrow it, but meanwhile, along with The Children, I'll keep counting how many sleeps remain till Christmas Day is here....


While we're on the subject of Advent calendars, here is this year's challenge! Above you see a (rather blurry, sorry) photo of our calendars. They're in no particular order. Can you identify which belongs to me, which is The Doctor's, which The Boy's, and which The Girl's?!

17 comments:

Kat{e} Bucci said...

The title of your blog always makes me smile :) Lovely journal page, and as I too have the cadbury's dairy milk advent calendar, I can only say that clearly someone has excellent taste!

Rachel B said...

Another fab page Mel, I really like your page numbers :)

debs14 said...

Well obviously the Dr Who one is The Doctor's, Pepper Pig the Daughter's, but I'm struggling with the other two. You see I am a white chocolate lover so I would go for the Milky Bar one but I can see why The Son might go for the picture on that one. We have a tradition here where the children used to give up the Dec 12th chocolate to my husband on his birthday, it was the only morning they weren't in a rush to open it!

JO SOWERBY said...

i reckon the girl's is peppa pig but the rest wouldnt have a clue,...........of course if there was one of david tennant there i'd say that was your, so maybe the doctor= daleks, you = the lil boy and the boy = santa?
Jo xxx

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

You have a lot of activities going on!

We have a Lego advent calendar because when we had chocolate ones someone would always eat all the chocolates sometime before the 10th.
It was "He Didit" and since I can't catch him at it I stopped buying them

Heather said...

I think yours is the Dairly milk, girl is peppa pig, boy is milky bar and Doctor is Dalek.. Love your page & this whole entry. Almost making me want to go out and get myself an advent calendar!! NOt had one since I was a little girl, not sure when or why we stopped actually :/

Kirsty.a said...

I love your JYC page - really clever use of an old card. M has the same Peppa Pig calendar, and we are also reading 'The Christmas Mystery' each night. In fact - I'd better go an do tonight's instalment now

scrappyjacky said...

I think it's great that you vary your advent calendars from year to year.
And as for the quiz....impossible....so some wild guessing!!!
you-Peppa pig....the Doctor-dairy milk....the boy-daleks....the girl- milky bar.

Maria Ontiveros said...

I think I got every single one of the advent calendars wrong last year.
I'm guess the pig is yours;
Dr. Who belongs to the boy;
milky bar for the boy and
Dalek for the Dr.
Rinda

Scrappi Sandi said...

I think Dr Who is The Drs...Milky Bar for The Boy...Dairy Milk for You & Peppa Pig for The Girl!

Amy said...

Last year I was so off the mark I even hesitate to guess .... I am willing to bet that Peppa Pig does not belong to The Girl, but yet again I could be totally wrong!

Ginger said...

Love your countdown page! I think your calendar is the Dairy Milk... but I could be wrong!

Linda said...

Hello Mel, Been away and now I'm trying to catch up on what you have been doing.

Intrigued by The Christmas Mystery book. I'm going to have to look that one up. Maybe get it ready for next year to add to our count down to Christmas. Love your chocolate advents for everyone.

Sian said...

Great post! And one of the things I love most about it is that I can remember you talking about buying The Dr a calendar last year - and that's a nice feeling to know that we've been round a whole year together since!

Anonymous said...

mmm, Is yours the Milky Bar one, Doctor Who for the Boy, Peppa Pig for the Girl and the Dairy Milk the Doctor's? My two have the Dairy Milk one and we light an Advent candle each night whilst reading a little mini book out of a set of various Festive stories, poems, rhymes and of course the nativity story too.

Seasons greetings to all and a Happy Birthday to the Doctor and the Boy. Had hoped to get a card in the post before today :-(

Best Wishes CDHS xxxx

Karen said...

Very cool that each of you has your own calendar. We've used the same one for 28 years now and we take turns putting the ornaments on the tree.

ScrapgalGR said...

I LOVE your page, gorgeous!