Do you have traditions in your home?
24 years ago, when eldest was facing her first Christmas as a toddler, my Mom started a tradition by giving her a rather nice chocolate advent calendar from a specialist shop in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Advent calendars were not common, certainly not on every supermarket shelf & so it was very special.
We also lit an advent candle each night when we had our evening meal & so our tradition was born.
My Mom was born on Christmas day so her birthday was completely entwined with the festive season & these traditions were totally unselfish.
While the girls grew up in Africa, Mom always made sure they had their advent calendars - she scoured the continental shops to find them & it is something we have always continues.
Three years ago, having left it rather close to December to find the calendars, I found none so we switched to two fabric ones which now grace our inglenook fireplace - ready for the count down.
Our fireplace has a set of angels wings as a central part in honour of a beloved mother who we lost earlier this year ....
This was our lounge last Christmas .... as a family we always only decorate our tree & house after the first Sunday of Advent because the decorations will stay up until Epiphany / Twelfth Night.
What are your traditions over the festive season?
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