Thursday, December 6, 2012

Advent Calendars!

Is it just me, or are Advent calendars becoming very popular these days? 
 Everywhere I turn I see them.  For instance,
You've got your Star Wars Advent Calendar:
And the Barbie Advent Calendar:
Let's not forget the Beer Advent Calendar:
And for all the feline fanciers out there, the Cat Advent Calendar:

We currently have four Advent Calendars in our home, though none of the above mentioned. 
This must make us a) obsessed with countdowns b) very into Advent,
c) your typical over-the-top consumer, or d) all of the above.

The first Advent calendar is one I've had for years. 
It consists of a wooden box filled with doors behind which the seeker will find 
tiny hand blown glass ornaments that are hung on a small tree. 
 This is always a hit with the little ones.

Our next Advent calendar has the ever popular Scandinavian Holy Family - all blondes...
notice there are several windows open:
Every year we receive the Slow Down Advent Calendar at church, which is on our back door:
Every day there is something to read and you can color on it if you so wish:
And last but definitely not least is the Trader Joe's chocolate calendar:
This one has caused some issues with Fredrick who is 2. 
 Once he discovered that there was CHOCOLATE
behind that first door he wanted to punch in all the doors.
And why not?  Why can't he just have it all?
 Through his 2 year old eyes he probably saw the calendar looking like this one
(which I stole from here.)'s not just 2 year olds who have trouble waiting.
I completely relate to the No Self Control Calendar.
And yet, we are called to wait.
For the birth of the holy one.
So no matter what kind of Advent calendar you follow,
enjoy opening one day at a time,
living in the present.
And remember this:
Waiting is our Advent spiritual practice.

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