The start of advent

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=santa+claus&iid=7156879″ src=”3/7/4/7/Hollywood__Highland_a6c7.jpg?adImageId=7959881&imageId=7156879″ width=”234″ height=”331″ /]Hooray – the advent season started on Sunday, and today we gave the boys their advent calendars. I had quite a saga finding the right advent calendars this year. In previous years I’ve grabbed one from Tesco’s and then always been disappointed.

When I was a girl (not that long ago) advent calendars had chocolates and a picture depiciting part of the nativity – a star, the three wise men etc… Since Ben was born I have discovered that it is now really hard to get a chocolate advent calendar that actually helps you celebrate advent.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=nativity&iid=295128″ src=”0291/d4a91384-ad12-4772-a3f3-3a1a7a59e18c.jpg?adImageId=7959901&imageId=295128″ width=”234″ height=”155″ /]What’s going on – its one of the key festivals of the Christian Year and yet manufacturers have made their advent calendars secular. In my opinion if you want to have an advent calendar then have one, but accept that it is part of a Christian festival and that there is a meaning behind it all other than simply eating chocolate and getting presents.

So (long rant about how we’ve lost the meaning of Christmas over) with that in mind I decided that the kids would have a proper advent calendar. Sadly I kept putting the search off – Christmas was ages away, until last week my Mum pointed out that 1st December wasn’t actually far off – aaaah!

I found the perfect calendar online, its Divine (so my ethical and fairtrade principles are intact!) and has a nativity scene. Now admittedly its a small nativity amongst a larger picture of fairtrade and people working happily together but I can live with that.

Both boys had their first chocolates today and I explained about Jesus and then opened the calendar to find a small text on each door – just a short sentance that I can then discuss with Ben at his level.

10/10 for Divine Advent Calendars for giving the kids ethical choc’s, an understanding of why (at this time of year in particular) we should think about the needs of those less fortunate than ourselves and buy fairtrade and finally for having the balls to remember that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus – not just a jolly man in a red suit.

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