To be honest, I am not much of a fan of Decembers anymore. Beautiful bright lights aside, in this city it primarily means vicious traffic (a hundred times worse than the regular terrible traffic that it already is), one million people in every malls everyday, bundles of scam letters in my pigeon hole and a set of 3 Christmas songs played over and over and over again on loudspeakers everywhere.
But as dreadful December is outside most of the time, there is no stopping me from at least setting up the apartment in ways that emanate good Christmas vibes. My mom always comes over to help me decorate the tree. I always look forward to making a Christmas list each year. I always plan a Christmas dinner - for one or two or many, it doesn't matter - I always set up the table for a small feast at least once every December.
And I love countdowns. I especially love December Christmas countdowns but I haven’t found anyone willing enough to go through 25 days of it with me. For years, I have dreamt of Decembers when I already have kids to prepare advent calendars for and hang a stocking or 2 for.
I finally convinced Bamboo that it would be a great activity for us to do this year. The truth is I’d rather do a New Year countdown beginning December 1, but it was already hard enough to get him excited over 25 days of poems, tokens and surprises so yes, we are sticking to the first plan. Perhaps, next year. Baby steps. Teeny tiny baby steps.
Anyway, I am done preparing my advent calendar this year along with a batch of small, inexpensive gifts for him. And for this first year of the tradition (yes, henceforth I ordain this a tradition in this house), my theme for him was, um, bamboo! At least the colors of it. Lately I've also been crazy about postage stamps and travel motifs, but it didn’t quite have anything to do with Bamboo and his interests, so I decided to incorporate only a tiny drop of it in my gift tags, nothing too bold.
Maybe I’ll write about a few of the more exciting ones as soon as they are revealed. Maybe some of them are too confidential to write about. We’ll see…
You can also check out Bamboo's version of Christmas countdown 2013.
An advent calendar or a Christmas countdown tradition, I think, is a really good activity for a family to have. It bonds you on a daily basis this very special time of the year, it encourages creativity and it builds up excitement for Christmas day, especially in this age where Christmas is already very commercialized and just getting duller and duller (just my opinion!). You don’t even need to shell out for Christmas countdown gifts. You can instead opt for literary offerings like a haiku, fun outdoor activities or even as simple as a daily Christmas movie for the kids. I guarantee you would enjoy the tradition, too. After all, we are never too old for Christmas.