Sandy: An advent calendar can create a lot of excitement and anticipation of an upcoming, notable celebration. It is most popularly used to count the days to Christmas starting on December 1. Some count to Boxing Day, others count to New Year’s eve, and some start on November 27. If I had been clever, I would have planned ahead of time, an advent calendar for the month of December leading up to the 31st, to celebrate a year of blogging. I suppose, since there are no hard and fast rules, and some advent calendars start on December 3, anything goes and I can start any time.
I used to buy the cardboard advent calendars with die cut doors behind which concealed a piece of chocolate candy. After one of the twins (who will remain anonymous) ate all the chocolate from his and his sister’s calendar, I found a magnetic board calendar that was much more fun and didn’t have to replaced each year. Traditionally it is Katy who sets up the calendar since she’s the most enthusiastic about christmas. For us, christmas is about reinforcing the love we have for our family and friends, whether through hugs, gifts, words or just our presence.
Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.