It’s traditional to have Advent Calendars in December, where a little door is opened every day until Christmas Day, exposing a small gift or a piece of chocolate. We have our own version of this – a wooden Advent Calendar with little drawers, but instead of chocolate, each drawer has an inspiring quote or motto. The grandchildren love the idea, and re-using it each year avoids paper and plastic waste.
Its about this time of year that we see Advent Calendars for sale – traditionally 24 small doors hiding chocolate treats, one for each day in December before Christmas Day. In recent years a desire to widen the customer base has seen versions with small bottles of gin or wine behind the doors, but this version, a CHEESE Advent Calendar really takes the biscuit…
When we were younger, Halloween didn’t amount to much at all. Although its origins are in Irish folklore, it’s only the relatively recent influences from the USA that have made it what it is today. It’s big business now, with costumes (seemingly for adults as well as kids) and all manner of mostly plastic ‘stuff’ for decoration. This is my daughter’s house today!
Although we have a couple of ‘plastic pumpkins’, today was all about carving the genuine article… The two pumpkins we had were fairly small, so a simple face design seemed in order, and they turned out ok.