Monday, September 21, 2015

The Great Christmas Countdown Is ON!

If you are a parent, grand parent or even an only Child, this time of year brings with it countdowns in all manner of speaking.

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.
Photo credit: Pixabay.com


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.


Photo credit:liebesbotschaft-international.blogspot.de






 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.


Note: The author may receive a commission from purchases made using links found in this article.

5 comments:

  1. Advent calendars of any type really are a great way to spread the holiday celebration to cover more than just 1 or 2 days each year and Legos are always great! I remember very well the advent calendar we had in our home when I was a child. My mother made a really neat advent calendar out of felt and yarn. She tied candy for each day on it with the yarn. It was awesome, especially if you were the one who got to eat the candy.

    ReplyDelete
  2. They are a whole bunch of fun for sure. Glad you got to experience that!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I had an Advent calendar for my children that used to be their favorite thing to get out each holiday season. Even before it was time to put up the Christmas tree and other decorations, the Advent Calendar had to be hung on the wall. They LOVED 'counting down' the days until Christmas.

    ReplyDelete
  4. We had a special countdown calendar that we used when I was a kid, then we had one for our own kids that they still enjoy seeing when they visit (Christmas decorations were in the detached garage attic so we didn't lose them in the fire). I love the advent wreath best of all, but what fun to have a Lego advent toy for the kiddos. So many ways to countdown to Christmas!

    ReplyDelete
  5. We, too, had an advent calendar but I know my grown up boys would love the Star Wars one!

    ReplyDelete