02 December 2021

Happy Birthday Mom, Advent Calendars, and Christmas Trees

There's a LOT happening today!  First of all, as you can see from the image above, I'm participating again this year in sprite's Virtual Advent Tour - which I have done for a few years now, and I'm always SO glad! It's fun to see what people have to say about this time of year, and what they are doing, what their memories are, etc.  So Happy Day 2 of that, and off we go!

Today is my mother's birthday.  We always celebrated her birthday before we really dug into the Christmas-y stuff.  Growing up, Christmastime started on December 1 and ended on January 6, and that's how we still do it now.  But my mom always said that when she was a kid, she would hate it when someone would hand her a gift and tell her it was for her birthday and Christmas.  So we always had her birthday before anything got "serious" about the rest of it.  

She's been gone for nearly 30 years, and would be 103 if she was still alive (which I'm sure would cause her to say, "Oh for God's sake!"), but I still miss her so much, and talk to her all the time.  So Happy Birthday, Mom, I hope you are having a wonderful celebration! 💓\

It's also Three on Thursday, so I thought I'd join in the fun, since I have three things I can show you.

This year, I was a little bit sad that I wasn't able to get a yarny Advent calendar.  I had so much fun with the one I got last year, but this year, it was not in the financial cards.  So I did the next best thing - I bought an Advent calendar for Hamlet.  

Last night we opened Day 1:

As you can see, he was extremely interested in it!  And as far as we could tell, the treat inside was *very* yummy. 

A very dear friend who knows both me and my niece Amanda sent us each a jam Advent calendar, which I had only ever seen during the By the Lakeside Vlogmas episodes last year.  I thought it was such a neat idea, and was completely blown away when it arrived!  Each day, you open the door to a different little jar of Bonne Maman jam.  (And I am a sucker for the little Christmas-y village, I have to say.)

Yesterday, The Tim went and bought us a Christmas tree, since he had the day off from work.

Look how perfect it is, and now the house smells so much like Christmas and pine trees, that you just can't help knowing that it really is Christmastime!


Nance said...

What a perfect tree! He did a good job picking it out. (I could never delegate that job.)

Araignee said...

This is a big month for birthdays here too. Mine, my son's my two DILs, the Oldest Grand and the latest Baby Grand. We keep telling Daughter who is due in January to keep her legs crossed. We don't need anymore December babies.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

As a December baby, I'm with your Mom - the Christmas AND Birthday present thing is just RUDE!!!

The advent calendars are so cute. I got my tree up on Tuesday, and Im hoping to do some outside decorating on my lunch today

Dee said...

That is a BEAUTIFUL tree. It's the perfect shape.

Happy Heavenly birthday to your mom.

While you are enjoying the village the jelly came in, I'm loving those little jars. For some reason those little jars make me stupid happy!

Karen said...

Oh, wow. I didn't know there were so many types of Advent calendar. Next year I will have to see if I can get the jam calendar for my husband. It looks awesome.

Kym said...

This seems to be the Year Of The Advent Calendar, for sure! I've seen them everywhere this year (not like I go anywhere, but enough to know that . . . they're having a Moment). I got advent calendars for my pups this year, too (and after 2 days, they are definitely "in the spirit". . . ) -- and also one for my "grand-dog". And then I found CAT advent calendars at Trader Joes, so now both my "grand-cats" have their own advent calendars! And my sister gave me a cookie-baking advent calendar this year. The countdown to Christmas has never been so exciting!

(Tom's birthday is December 20. I have always worked especially hard to make his birthday unique and Not Part Of Christmas.)

karen said...

your tree is beautiful!! happy birthday to your mom, when you mentioned what she would say if she was 103 years old I chuckled. My Gram lived to 84 yo but from 75 years old and on she would say 'I should have been dead by now'. Cracked me up!