Everywhere we go, we are bombarded by the signs of the season, Buy this, save now, Best Deals right here and the shopping mantras seem to be everywhere.
When I was young, (just a few short years ago), we marked the countdown to Christmas with an Advent Calendar, or an Advent Wreath.
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Advent Calendars marked down the days in December, from 1 to 24, with a token candy or treat in each of the little packages associated with the day. For us kids, this was a countdown to all the good things that would be in the house over the holiday season.
You can make your own Advent Calendars, or there are ones that are pre-made just for your little ones. If they love Lego, there are several different sets that can be purchased and by the time Christmas Eve comes, they have put together a special Lego Treat.
Lego Advent Calendar
The Advent Wreath was more religious in nature. Each Sunday after mass, when the family was together for Sunday Lunch, we would read a passage from the Bible and light one candle the first weekend. Two candles, were lit for the next weekend and then three and four. Finally, Christmas arrives and the candle in the middle is lit with all 4 candles around lit as well. The significance was the brightness of the light on Christmas morning: The coming of the Saviour, the Infant Child Jesus.
Once everyone was awake and had their cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or drink of choice, the opening of the presents would begin....
The expectations of the last month or six weeks was not a done deal. It's amazing to me that so much thought and excitement is unwrapped in less than 1/100 of the time it took to get ready for the event.
In any case, the pictures taken at the undoing last a long time and memories are made in the time we get to spend together.
Hope you have the time to sit back, enjoy the sights and the sounds of the season, and that you take lots of pictures to enjoy the memories for many years to come. Happy Holidays Everyone.
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