Echoes of Advent 2017

Our family Advent calendar

It has been my tradition for as long as I can remember to decorate the house on the 1st December. Advent means ‘coming’ or preparation’ and begins today for those of us who celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus.

The most important thing was to get the Advent calendar up. I did that last night. Despite not living at home any more our youngest son panics if it is not on the wall in time. Aren’t we having Christmas this year?!

Christmas Nativity

Given my cranky back, I had some doubts about whether I could manage to do my usual thing. But it’s much better so the day was spent in unpacking the boxes so carefully packed away after last Christmas. TRH (The Retired Husband) grizzled when I asked him to help lift them down from storage.

We only put them away yesterday, he said.

The tree is not put up until a lot closer to Christmas. Traditionally Christmas Eve. Ours goes up a week or two before.

And so we start the countdown to the big day – for us, Christmas Eve.

To those  celebrating Christmas, may your time of preparation be unsullied by the commercial hype, be unhurried, stress free, joyful and harmonious.

© Raili Tanska

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Peace is its own reward. Gandhi
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24 thoughts on “Echoes of Advent 2017

  1. My grandmother used to put up an advent calendar. I love that memory. I put my tree up the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I enjoy lighting it every day; I only have a few presents underneath it but I’m only buying a few. trying not to get pulled into the commercialism hype. But I do enjoy lighting up my tree and sitting next to it I have it on right now. I slept with a YouTube video of a fireplace crackling, I loved it

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  2. My daughter was born on 1 December, so it’s a tradition wherever she is to celebrate her birthday with a gift of an Advent calendar of some kind. This year, I gave her a calendar with a selection of teas, a different kind for each day. And her husband did the same! But not the same make, so she has a breakfast tea and an afternoon tea – double whammy!

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    1. Family traditions are so interesting. My oldest son was born on 24th Dec. It was kind of a big deal when he was a kid, so we created a ‘coming home birthday’ celebrated on the anniversary of his arrival in our family from India. He’s 30 this year, so that tradition is history now.

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  3. This is a lovely post.
    We only put our tree up the week of Christmas as well, and keep it up for the 12 days.
    But we hardly do presents. We, and most of the people in our lives, just don’t need them.
    The whole community starts decorating from the last weekend in Nov, which used to bother me! Haha. Now, considering all of the sadness in the world, I really enjoy the way the community comes together to spread some joy and sparkle. I’m not so precious about it anymore. I mean, spiritually, we can celebrate that whenever we want. 🙂
    I do love advent calendars too, but haven’t used one in a while. And your koala gumnut babies. How cute!

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    1. Thank you. We too have made some changes. Nowadays we do Kris Kringle amongst extended family – each person is given the name of one person to buy a gift for up to an agreed amount. Simplifies things. I still put together gifts for charity. I have been doing that for many years, This year’s is for the homeless. One year we bought gifts of chickens, water buckets, seeds etc through OxFam. Another year we each put together a ShoeBox of Love for overseas children. Have a peaceful and blessed Advent 🙂

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  4. What a beautiful nativity scene. When I was small, my mum used to decorate the tree after we had all gone to bed on Christmas eve, so we’d wake up to find the living room transformed. It was the most exciting thing ever.
    I was so pleased to read in one of your comments that you’ve contributed to Oxfam Unwrapped in the past. I like to give the grandchildren Oxfam Unwrapped instead of Christmas cards, since it displays in the form of a card.

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      1. It’s those traditions that make Christmas. My older daughters created a couple of their own traditions when their eldest boys were tiny. Though they’re not part of my childhood, I love them, since they’re hard-wired into my grandchildren’s brains. Hopefully, they’ll carry them on if/when they have children of their own.

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