I’ve always loved ritual. I’ve never been great at complying to it, but I like the idea of traditions, habits, routine. There’s power in that. Babies dig schedule and routine from the moment they enter the world, and it seems we don’t change all that much as we get older.
So maybe that’s the thing. There are a lot of rituals and rules around Advent, including, but not limited to, color, foods, activities, song choice, mascot. It’s really too much for me to keep track of, so mainly, I’m into the calendar.
As you probably know, Advent calendars begin on December 1, regardless of when Advent begins, which can be as early as November 27 and as late as December 3 (I understand that this year it was the 27th). This is usually around the time that people start yelling at me.
See, I typically say that advent starts on December 1, because that’s what my calendar says, and some people find this to be an incorrect statement that needs to be vehemently, immediately, and loudly squashed. With loudness.
Like, for instance, there was this lady today at my small town store (that’s right, I said store, singular).
I mentioned something about how I was making an Advent calendar because tomorrow was Dec. 1 and I needed to get it finished before the first day of Advent, and you would have thought I’d said something offensive about baby Jesus himself. Because this woman went off. First of all, I was wrong. Super wrong. Secondly, she was tired of everyone always saying Advent started on December 1 because it doesn’t and that’s just what’s wrong with Christmas right there. (She even made hand gestures. It was intense. And protestant.)
I wasn’t trying to ruin her day. I just wanted to make an Advent calendar. About expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the the coming of Christ, parceled out with small useless trinkets and candy. That’s all.
Want to celebrate advent with me? There’s still time to make a calendar. Here’s what I did this year. And here are some ideas for easy, quick, inexpensive calendars. And I promise, I won’t yell at you. No matter what day you want Advent to start.