Does anyone else get a surprise when December suddenly arrives? Of course it does not arrive any quicker than any other month, yet it always brings with it a sense of urgency to get the festive times started.
It usually means that the Christmas cards should have been written for overseas posting already & the local ones will soon start dropping on to the mat too.
Our neighbours all exchange cards at Christmas & those arrive with a 'clunk' on the mat; I always breathe a sigh of relief to see a name whose card I have already written. I keep a discreet stack ready for those who have beat me to it ….
The arrival of December also means that I should have got our fabric advent calendars out & on the inglenook fireplace. Advent calendars are a tradition started by my late Mom some 26 years ago when my eldest daughter was just a baby & since then they have had an advent calendar each year.
Putting favourite chocolates in each pocket ….
I always have an advent candle that we burn at night too as darkness falls - a time of quiet reflection as I watch the candle burn down to the next number. Like most of us, I have taken my eye off the flame at times only to find that I have skipped a few days …
Do you have family traditions that you observe over the festive season?
Thank you for stopping by; I hope December brings much joy to the start of your festive season ...