Advent has begun and Christmas is on its way. Some days around here, it's a time for anticipation and some days it's plain old waiting. But along the way we have collected many ways to celebrate. Every morning, the girls go through an entire ritual of advent calendars and events.
Many years ago, long before I had children, my mother gave me this advent calendar. It is still my favorite. I have always loved seeing the children of the world arranged on it and I love it even more now that I have children of the world to add the pieces each day.
Every day, they eagerly open another door to find a sliver of chocolate, each piece stamped with a different design. Even more exciting, they get to eat the chocolate before breakfast!
All of these little rituals are a lot of fun. The girls look forward to putting up dolls and opening little doors and pulling out a new good deed. It makes them pay attention to other people and try to spread kindness. It cultivates the anticipation of Advent and softens the long wait. It takes some of the "I want" out of Christmas. And that is a good, good thing.
Katherine and Granny had a conversation about computer and phone apps this week. They talked about how apps are made and how there is an app for everything. Katherine commented "If I designed an app, it would be an advent calendar with a little surprise every day." What a good idea!