Tuesday, December 01, 2015

commence the advent

I've accepted the fact that the Advent calendar that I remember from my childhood will remain only a memory. 

For years I tried to find one just like it - a streetscape of an old German city centre at twilight, sparkling windows looking out over a main street where St. Nicholas is trailed by adoring young uns. St. Nicholas (no Coca Cola Santa Claus here) had just the right combination of German sternness and begrudging generosity. I spent way too much time gazing at those lighted shop windows, wondering what life was like in the apartments above those shops. There was just the right amount of glitter sparkling through windows that opened to reveal modest offerings of teddy bears and spinning tops. There were no cartoon figures or crappy chocolate.

This was one classy Advent calendar. Or, at least that's how I remember it.

I've given up trying to reproduce the magic. It belonged to another time. But I did recently stumble upon a lovely box of Advent calendar short stories. So I think I will start a whole new tradition. What better way to go through the darkness of December than escaping into a short story every day?


Eugene K said...

I'm not feeling altogether Christmas-y so far this year, even if we did have the lights up early. I think I'll be cooking for a bunch of family on Christmas day though and I always enjoy cooking up a feast.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

We'll be having a very quiet Christmas this year, Eugene, as the Offspring won't be able to make it home. We might have to come to your house!

Erik Donald France said...

Wonderful evocation of the memory ~ makes *me* want to find it!

And I love the blues in the photo.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

If you find one, let me know, Erik! Meanwhile I am enjoying my daily short stories.

Dale said...

I would have suggested the makeshift advent calendar of a case of 24 beer to get you through but you seem to have it well in hand!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm actually going with an advent calendar of a 24 case of wine, Dale, but it's getting to be hard work.