22 November 2019 | Uncategorised

A literary Advent calendar

I love the idea of Advent as a time of waiting – being patient and preparing for Christmas.

Our family have used an Advent calendar for the last thirteen years. Miss 13 was only a three-month-old baby when I bought it, her younger brother wasn’t even born and so her older brother at age three had the honours all to himself for that first year. Now Mr 15 barely remembers when it’s his turn to open the calendar and it’s really up to Mr 10 to organise his siblings.

Secretly, they all still love it.

Our Advent calendar is a wooden frame with 24 small hinged doors to open up a little space to reveal a surprise. I have always used handmade notes, with the occasional chocolate. Our notes have loops so they can be hung on the Christmas tree after being read. The notes say things like –

  • Let’s put something under the giving tree at school
  • Be extra kind to someone today
  • Today we’re making peppermint bark
  • Let’s wrap up presents for our cousins today
  • Today we’ll make Christmas decorations

Can you see why the kids roll their eyes at my attempts to remind them that Christmas is about giving, not just getting?!!

This year, we will carry on our tradition, but with a difference. For the first time, I have my very own Advent calendar.

The Literary Tea Company have an Advent calendar with a different tea for the 24 days leading up to Christmas. Mine has already arrived (Rhiannon is extremely organised and accommodating!) and it is even more beautiful than the photos show. It’s going to be a long wait until the first of December!

Every morning, the first thing I do is put on the kettle. Our puppy, Cleo, knows that I’m up when she hears the kettle so she demands to be fed. Then I take my tea into the study, drink it and read for fifteen minutes before checking in on the rest of the family.

I can’t wait to try a different tea, like Charlotte Bronte or C. S. Lewis or Virginia Woolf.

Our Advent calendar is chipped and a couple of the doors won’t close properly but I know this is a tradition we’ll continue for quite a few years. Let me know if you have an Advent calendar tradition or a morning tea ritual. And have a look at the Literary Tea Company’s website – so many choices for a Christmas stocking!

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Continuing the idea of giving and joy to Christmas is precious. Well done Karen.

November 22, 2019 at 6:15 am

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