December 1st and time to get the advent calendar out. This one includes notes for each day with a festive activity to enjoy. This could be anything from making something Christmasy to telling some Christmas jokes, enjoying a festive outing to hunkering down with hot chocolate and marshmallows.
First up this time was a gift to open - a Christmas jumper for each of the boys. This once fashion disaster, frequently worn with a painful smile, is enjoying a resurgence with charity days and 'Wear your Christmas jumper to school days' all raising cash for good causes.
Oh, by the way, I am not such a mean mum as to omit the chocolate. I don't think I would be forgiven for not popping a chocolate treat in the pockets to enjoy on each day of advent.
Of course, there is more to advent than chocolate-filled calendars. The word advent comes from the Latin advenire which means to come or to arrive. Advent marks the arrival of the birth of Christ and the advent season lasts for the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Advent actually begins on the Sunday between November 27th and December 3rd each year.
Oops, we are technically a little late in starting our advent celebrations!
Wishing you all a happy advent.