204 Advent Calendars

An entire season of tiny treats amounts to the equivalent of one chocolate bar, so it IS really about the count down.

Advent calendars are all the rage.  Socks, toys, chocolate, even alcohol can be hiding behind those little doors.   We have traditionally used the Trader Joe’s chocolate calendar, because it is all a game, and the chocolate isn’t wax (like some others).  An entire season of tiny treats amounts to the equivalent of one chocolate bar, so it IS really about the count down.  

We have traditionally used the Trader Joe's chocolate calendar
We have traditionally used the Trader Joe’s chocolate calendar

This year, Jan found a truly creative variety.  Constructed by Plum Deluxe, there is a loose leaf tea for each day through the 24th.  Each flavor brews a pot of tea.  I have been keeping up, the daily seep.  Remaining up to date is always the challenge with advent calendars.  Yesterday, I slipped behind.  

Plum Deluxe Tea Lover’s Advent Calendar

Although our family has always played the count down game, it has been fun to watch the new additions learn.  Mark has no interest in counting down to Christmas.  He is culturally Jewish, so the calendar makes no sense whatsoever.  He would rather count forward to latkes.  Any of us would rather move toward latkes than consumerism, if we understood our own thinking process, but that is a totally different topic.  Latkes are delicious.

The calendar that flew to Mark for his first experience was opened from the end (not through the cardboard doors), and consumed all in one sitting, or maybe two.  Shante didn’t recognize the need for a teaching moment.  Or she tried, to no avail.

crispy panko potato latkes

Others have done similar things, not understanding the concept, ripping the doors from their hinges, giving up along the way, or fully leaving the whole situation sealed.

We are moving from darkness to light.  I did not use a segue.  It is boldly true.  

And the advent calendar is a semi lame, Christian (or now, consumerist) attempt at replacing the celebration of the Solstice.  This year, it some how links to our political position.  Science.  No science.  

The Solstice is the day that starts to bring back the light, in our hemisphere anyway.  It happens.  I don’t feel like debating science or defending any religion, one over the other.  The day the light comes is the day we are celebrating, the day we count to, the day we feel like we can move forward.

Jesus represents that.  The Solstice scientifically is that.  There is Diwali and Hanukah, the Lantern Festival and Santa Lucia Day.  So many more.  They all celebrate the light.  It is inside of us, bursting to come out.  It is love, enlightenment, the awareness of our unity.  It is definitely worth celebrating.  

But the countdown?  We could drop that.  Today.  This moment right here is the right time to stop counting, take in the whole calendar.  Be One.  Celebrate the light that you are.

Author: Michele Plumb Stowell

Michele Stowell was a teacher, a hand holder, and encouraging voice. Born an early Gen Xer, she has lived in Western Washington for the duration. Her children, two spectacular genetic daughters and an uncountable number of marvelous scout and school sons and daughters, shine as her biggest impact and her greatest blessing. Just before her 54th birthday, Michele was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Her writing and art work are expressions of the drama and the joy of living earth bound. On October 24, 2021, Michele was released from her physical body, transported to continue her work on other realms.

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