Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Help Us Settle This Advent Calendar Debate

Many years ago, SwingDaddy’s mother made a charming Advent calendar for each of her children, and each year, we’re thrilled to bring it out to begin the holiday celebrations. And each year, we disagree on procedure.

There are twenty-five little pockets for the felt objects – ornaments, presents, a reindeer, Santa, and item in question, the star. SwingDaddy puts it in the last pocket, so that it goes up Christmas day. If I get to the Advent calendar first, I put it in the first pocket, so that it goes up December 1, and the tree looks its best for the whole month.

I think that leaving the star off makes the calendar look unbalanced and incomplete, with an odd gap at the top. He thinks that waiting until the end is kind of an anticipatory thing, or some nonsense like that. It’s his family tradition (and he helped Q-ster put the felt critters in the pockets before I got home from work today), so the star is in the last place this year.

I fully intend to harass SwingDaddy about this for the twenty-two days, but just wondered if everyone else would side with him.

This is how it should look.

8 comments:

kittenpie said...

While I theoretically like the idea of the anticipation... I think it does look weird without it, you're right.

Justine said...

It should be first! No question at all!!

Michele said...

I completely agree with Swingdaddy. His way is THE way! Plus it was his calendar. But Lady M it does look nicer your way....even so leave the star off.

Mayberry said...

In our house it doesn't matter, because the kids have already put all 25 ornaments, including the star, on the Advent tree! I can't get them to do it one at a time.

(And I agree with Kittenpie.)

Hannah said...

Sorry have to agree with Swing Daddy, star goes on Christmas eve.

Bob said...

Put a smaller star on the top of the tree on Nov 30th, then cover it with the actual star on Dec 25th

Amber said...

I'm siding with SwingDaddy. It looks nicer with a star, but the 'best' item is traditionally saved until last. As for us we avoid the debate and buy the chocolate calendars. ;-)

Rugger Mom said...

lol, SwingDaddy and I do the same thing.. which reminds me, I gotta bring out that calendar from the basement!!