Advent arrives

Posted December 1, 2019 by Maire in meme, Whimsy / 0 Comments

Sunday Post #7

It’s the first day of December, so that means American Thanksgiving is over and we lived through another November. For the more religious of us, that means we’re now firmly in Advent. There are only 24 shopping days til Yule. Are you ready?

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at The Caffeinated Reviewer. You should check out her blog. And then check out the blogs of all the other awesome folks doing the Sunday Post. There are links. Lots and lots of links.

The tradition of the Advent Calendar seems to be moving farther and farther away from the Christian religion. Over the past 30 years, I’d say it’s become an effective marketing tool. It also lasts more than 24 days, truth be told. I feel it starts the moment any store figures they can get away with a Christmas display. So…somewhere around October 23rd.

When I was a kid, we had cheap little Christmas-tree themed advent calendars. Each day a small chocolate was dispensed from a tiny little peel-off window behind an ornament. If the amount of Disney-themed displays at Safeway are any indication, the tradition is still going strong.

You can even get Advent Calendars for the whiskey aficionado in your life.

Years ago, my mother and my grandmother made a soft-sculpture advent calendar wall-hanging. A random ornament was revealed each day from a little pouch sewn into the base of the calendar, and stuck with Velcro to the tree above.

This year, my SiL sent me an Advent Calendar made of mini skeins of yarn. I have no words for how lovely this is! Today’s mini-skein is a wonderfully soft and sparkly pink and rose dyed yarn. I’ll have to make a mini sock ornament out of it for our tree πŸ™‚

Last Week on Stringchronicity

Monday:
Tuesday: TTT: Books from my backlist that I haven’t read yet
Wednesday: WWBC: Books that Influenced My Life
Thursday: Review: The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman
Friday: Friday Favourites: Books I Read In School

Upcoming Features

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday will be about the books I love to read over the holidays, and the Wednesday Weekly Blog Challenge wants to know about Book Boyfriends and/or Girlfriends. On Friday, I’ll share my favourite book covers of 2019. We’ll see what else I can get up to this week! πŸ™‚

Finished Objects

Book Cover: The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman

I finished reading The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman. I wrote a review, so you can read my thoughts on the story.

What I’m Reading, Listening to and Watching

I started reading Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson. Still haven’t finished Save the Cat Writes a Novel or Stitches and Witches. They’ve been back-burnered while I chew through books I actively requested.

On the Needles

Turning the heel on Sock #2, Loops & Threads Perfect Pair colourway Born to Run
Turning the heel on Sock #2, Loops & Threads Perfect Pair colourway Born to Run

Turned the heel on sock #2 of my current pair. I like the feel of the yarn, I just haven’t been making as much time to knit lately.

Stash Acquisition

No new books. There is a new stove in the house, but no pictures (yet). We’re still getting the kitchen cleaned up after 2 days of moving things around!

I also have the lovely advent calendar mentioned in the first part of the blog post, so I think I’m good for this week!

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