|My kitchen is not normally laid out like this, but thought I would |
show you some of my kitchen crockery. More on this in a later post.
Normally I would make waffles for breakfast, but after having a late night myself, we had a quicker version; drop pancakes, smothered in a variety of banana, blueberries and nutella, and occasionally all together!
| Advent star in the front room window. Warming from |
inside and outside. Welcomes us home on dark nights
and lights up the room inside with a gentle glow.
So what is Advent? For me, it is the beginning of my absolute favourite time of year, of waiting, anticipation, home making, cossetting, log fires and brisk walks with family. In reality of course, life is rushed from one 'must to' to the next 'almost forgot to do that' moment. Life is still at full pace with the added rush of the lead up to Christmas, but do you know what, I LOVE it.
So what is Advent? Christians see it as a season to remember the first coming of Christ, but it also is a time to direct the mind and heart to await Christs second coming at the end of time! Therefore it is thought of as a period of devout and joyful expectation. I can associate with that last sentence, and that is how I too see Advent, A JOYFUL TIME.
|Now looking tired and in need of TLC, |
on my 'to do' list in the New Year,
to ensure it will last for years to come.
Advent begins on the closest day to November 30th, which is why it has a different date each year. The Germans were the first to create a known advent calender, handmade of course, in Hamburg in 1851. Well mine is not so old, nor as traditional as the beautiful paper calenders you can still find in the shops, but I did make mine when I was 16, some, oh, so, many years ago and instead of filling it up for myself, the children eagerly await to open this Advent calender.
It is traditional in Norway to make Advent calenders for children, shops sell premade paper bags beautifully numbered 1-24, ready for little goodies to be packaged up and hung on the calender. Most years I manage to grab a set from my visits to Norway, but alas this year it was not to be. So, I have hurriedly wrapped mine, having not tied them up in beautiful ribbon, but have hung them by safety pins, not quite the yummy mummy image I would like to create, but hey, I am living in the real world. This year there has been a big focus in the paper in Norway, (link below) suggesting that some families spend £700 on the presents within the Advent calender! I do not do that, however, it is an added expensive, but I am on the look out for suitable cheap and fun things all year round, occasionally, things are picked up for free at events, such as key rings and pens. Where there is a will, there is a way!
a photography course!
Both calenders are cross stitched, I went through quite a phase of it at one time and made a few Advent calenders for friends. If I were to make one now, it would be in free hand machine embroidery, a new found love of mine. If only there were more hours...
After lighting the candle tonight, another newish Norwegian tradition, that began probably 15 or so years ago, is to watch an Advent TV series on Telly. Each night throughout December families sit together and watch Blafjell, Bluemountain. It is a lovely end to a hectic day, fifteen minutes, of watching a Nordic scene played out beautifully. I asked the children this morning, if they were too old for it now, but they both promptly replied, it wouldn't be Advent without our Blafjell. I LOVE TRADITIONS.
Enjoy Advent everyone, I know we will with so much to look forward to.
Now off to make some cookie mixture for tomorrow...
|Advent candles ready to be lit this evening.|