This year I’m the one receiving an advent calendar from my mum – and I look forward like a little child! I have two siblings and some years ago my mum thought we should have an advent calendar by turns - none of us have complained.
I have made an advent calendar for my parents for 29 years, this year will be the 30th time. I embroidered a snow landscape in 1981, the last year I lived with my parents, of fabric and yarn remnants from my school. My mum and I love snow landscapes. I asked my granny to buy small rings (for the gifts) in Copenhagen (where it was much cheaper), since I obviously didn’t have any money. The first year they got one piece of chocolate to share each day, and a little gift the 24th. Later they got two pieces of chocolate and a gift every day - they open the gifts by turns.
I buy gifts all year long, except in January, so when I find something nice I buy it and store it in a box in my basement. This way it is neither expensive nor hard. What gifts do they get? Well, everything from spices, mini bottles of shampoo and soap, gift cards, movies, candles, napkins, ribbon, tape – I try to find things they can use, so they don’t drown in a lot of thingamabob. But some Christmas decorations are also found on the calendar, my mum loves glass ornaments for the tree, so I always find some beautiful ones for them.
And I also take care the calendar looks decorative:
Six or seven years ago son, who was a little boy then, thought their dachshund, Luffe, should have his own advent calendar. Yes, they do exist, also for cats. If some of you think dogs are stupid and cannot remember, then you have to think again. Luffe’s calendar was smuggled home and hidden in the attic until 1st December. Luffe was both deaf and half-blind, but his sense of smell functioned perfectly.
The 1st December the calendar was placed on the cupboard, and when my parents had opened their gift after dinner, then they had to hurry up opening his gift – or he would get very noisy! An advent calendar for dogs is like a chocolate calendar, just with dog goodies instead of chocolate. The 24th there are extra goodies and after he had ate them, he got the calendar to examine carefully so he was sure there were no more goodies left. The 25th everything was OK, he knew it was over – no more noise.
But now Luffe is in dogs’ heaven, so I will not be buying a calendar for him this year – makes me a little sad.