I think it is fair to say that Mr B has completely failed to grasp the principle behind a chocolate Advent Calendar. What I am talking about, of course, is not an Advent Calendar made of chocolate (don’t be silly)
but one with 24 windows, with a small piece of chocolate concealed behind each window.
Our Advent Calendars were the first gifts we discovered when we opened our
“Nanni and Grandad’s Advent Box 2020”, put together with much love by the Rascally Trio and their mother. The small piece of chocolate behind the first window carried a picture of a reindeer on it. Mr B wasn’t too bothered about the
decoration and consumed the chocolate in one gulp - then suggested we should immediately go about opening all the rest of the windows in the interests of gaining more of a Chocolate Fix.
I protested that this was not the idea of an Advent Calendar which was to mark the passing of the days until Christmas Day. Mr B harrumphed that Christmas Day always arrived on 25th December, always had done as long as he
could remember, and why did he need to mark the passing days when he had me, dashing about like a maniac and forever lamenting the fact that there weren’t enough days left in December to complete all the preparations? (He used an even less complimentary
saying to describe my antics.)
I chose to ignore his arguments. You are probably thinking that it is his Advent Calendar and, should he choose to open all the
windows on December 1st then so be it. Except that I know very well should he follow his instincts, he will almost certainly expect to be allowed to share my chocolate treats over the next twenty-odd days. You know it makes sense.
When our Foursome were littl’uns we only ever invested in one Advent Calendar between the four of them and they took turns to open the windows each day. Moreover in those days
there were no pieces of chocolate inscribed with pictures of reindeer, Santa, elves and other Christmas-related objects to be discovered. Instead each window revealed a colourful picture of, yes indeed, a reindeer, or Santa, or an elf, culminating on 24th
December with the Nativity scene. I am belatedly lamenting the fact that my children may have had a Deprived Childhood...
Fortunately on the second day of Christmas
we opened an envelope which bore the warning “Don’t ‘spend’ them all at once” and contained a small bag of silver coins of the milk chocolate variety. Mr B started spending almost immediately, for all the world like somebody emerging
from Lockdown 2 and hitting the shops like there is no tomorrow.
No chocolate on Day 3 - but three beautiful Christmas cards designed and created by the
Rascally Trio, possibly the most colourful cards ever. The Middle of the Darling Daughters explains that the Twins, in particular, see it as a challenge not to leave the slightest glimpse of white card uncovered with their composition. As subject matter, Christmas
is hard to beat, what with fir trees, decorations, Santa, and of course the reindeer (recognisable from what appear to be television aerials sprouting from their heads.) Usually I display all my Christmas cards on lines strung across the walls between
doors and window frames - but this simply wouldn’t show off the Trio’s masterpieces so they are on show on the sideboard where everyone can see them.
our Advent Box appears to be giving pleasure to others beside Mr B and me. Every day I receive messages asking me what our latest gift might be. I’m touched by people’s interest which is totally unselfish.
Unlike Mr B, they’re not in it for the chocolate....