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?!
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