But we think about them anyway, yay
And I wonder if I'm really with you now
Or just chasin' after some finer day
Is makin' me late
Is keepin' me waitin'
And tomorrow we might not be together
I'm no prophet and I don't know nature's ways
So I'll try and see into your eyes right now
And stay right here 'cause these are the good old days
- Carly Simon
Advent (from the Latin word adventus meaning "coming") is a season observed in many Western Christian churches, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. It is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Advent Sunday, called Levavi. The Eastern churches' equivalent of Advent is called the Nativity Fast, but it differs both in length and observances and does not begin the church year, which starts instead on 1 September .
The progression of the season may be marked with an Advent calendar, a practice introduced by German Lutherans. At least in the Roman Catholic and Lutheran calendars, Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25, the Sunday between November 27 and December 3 inclusive.
Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used in reference to the Second Coming. Christians believe that the season of Advent serves a reminder both of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah as well as the waiting of Christians for the second coming of Christ.
-courtesy of Wikipedia
No new knitting pics to show today. Spent yesterday working on something for submission to Knitty - first time for everything!
So hush, hush and strictly on the QT...
Will try to fit in some Bruce the Spruce time this weekend, around the stash sale.
I did however run into the neatest story on Ravelry. Someone shared her reminisces of her kid's advent calendar traditions. Neat story- on the Lace Knitters thread about the contest - I think...
Added later: here is the story, courtesy of Dee2:
Our children’s teachers must have had similar training because we did the paper garland one once. When my daughter was 7 and my son 5, my husband and I got the idea for our favorite recurring one. This involved a wooden oddments box that I had found somewhere that was like an old typesetters box. More descriptively, it was a shallow wooden tray that had lots of dividers – although the resulting cubbies were not all of the same size. We would fill the cubbies and cover over the front of the tray with construction paper that the kids had previously decorated and numbered in the right places –with much help from Dad as he was the keeper of the key to the location of the cubbies. And Voila, we would have the kind of advent calendar that is familiar, only better because it was home-made. Anyway, the fun really came in finding things that could be used to fill in the cubbies – one for each day. Since I only have two children and they both like surprises (well, one more so than the other), we would first determine who would open the odd days and who would open the even. That way we knew each child would help me prepare the goodies for the other’s days. Simple things. One year we folded origami critters, one year we wrote little notes (I loved that one – alas, it was not as big a hit for the kids.) One year we got lazy and tried little candies, but that turned out not to be anyone’s favorites. As they got older, my kids would spy little things throughout the year that they gave to me for safekeeping and use in the calendar.
Wow – Great memories. My kids (now ages 23 and 20, and not living at home most of the time) still talk about it. And I think they miss it, but will renew the tradition each in their own way. In fact, they already have done so. They both went to the same out-of-state boarding school for high school – the first year they were both there, I found out that they had their own mini-advent exchanges sans the box – usually when they would meet for lunch or dinner at the dining hall.
What can a mother say… As I have gotten older, I have come to believe that one of the important roles of parenting is to guide our children to be good siblings and to have a relationship with their siblings that is as independent of their relationships with the parents as possible. I think the good family traditions can foster those sibling ties.
Anyway - it got me to thinking about the years when my kids were small and what we did to count down the days.
My childhood featured the old stand by cardboard advent calendars with the pretty pictures on them and the surprise pic behind the little doors.
By the time my kids came around, we had a felt banner with little pockets on it, that held felt ornaments to hang on the tree appliques to the top. I think my Mom gave it to the boys early on in their formative years.
This year I am passing it down to Baby Boy/Family Man for him and Conner to enjoy.
Had dinner with the little charmer last night (Conner, not his daddy although he is quite the charmer in his own right!) We went to the pub where Mom works and caught up on some face time.
Conner was absolutely enthralled with the Xmas tree in the corner, especially the lights ( which were: red & green & yellow & purple & green again & yellow again & red again & yellow a third time & blue again & you get the picture...)
Good thing Grandmas have endless patience.
So, what was your favorite advent calendar? Leave me a comment and tell me all about it...
Just to spread the joy around, I will be giving away a free pattern (of your choice - Spruce excluded) to one commenter a day through Christmas, randomly chosen by Mrs. Claus (just me - don't get too excited).
I'll announce the previous day's winner in each post this month, If you are the winner, email me your preference at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll email your pattern right out to you.
Doesn't that sound like a lot of fun?
Yesterday's winner is: Kat. Email me, girl...
Now aren't you glad you left a comment?