December 5, 2023

Growing up, one of my favorite activities during December was opening the little square on the Advent calendar. I loved seeing what new scene was revealed. I was always disappointed when Christmas came and there were no more squares to open.

As I grew older, I stopped buying Advent calendars. Partly because the ones I had as a child, which had pictures only, none of the sweets or gifts that are so prevalent nowadays, weren’t stocked in my local stores.

But last year, I found a traditional Advent calendar. Opening the windows was a small treat on cold December mornings.

This year, my sister gifted me with a fancy 3-D calendar. Each day, I open the window to find the day’s sticker. Then I find the matching spot on the display where I’m supposed to put the sticker. I like that extra bit of interaction.

Photo of an Advent calendar done in white cardboard with variations of blue to indicate paths through the snow and the colorful sticker of a snowman with top hat and scarf in the front of the display.

Photo copyright by Vanessa Kier 2023

What about you? Do you have any special holiday traditions from your childhood that you want to revisit?

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