I've never been one of those people who gets organised for Christmas months in advance. I shudder when I hear Christmas carols in November, and I couldn't entertain the thought of having a Christmas tree in the house until the middle of December at the very latest (although I know from my 2 years in Canada that for many people Christmas starts as soon as Hallowe'en ends!). It's all down to personal preference.
But having said that, I couldn't help feeling a little bit excited when Rob got this box down from the loft last weekend... I can't quite believe we have enough 'Xmas Decs' to fill a box that big, but no doubt there'll be lots of things I've forgotten about since last year.
As it's now December 1st I'm off to put on a Christmas CD. We have a self-imposed house-rule that we don't listen to them before now and consequently I'm really looking forward to hearing some festive music. We went to a lovely Advent Carol service last Sunday and enjoyed singing lots of Advent hymns, which reminded me why I really do love this time of year.
I opened the first door of the Advent Calender with my class this morning and was delighted that - for the first time in the 11 years I have been doing this job - no child moaned about the fact that there was no chocolate inside it! I also lit an Advent Candle with them; something I had never tried due to an irrational fear of the combination of flames and overly-interested small children. They were fascinated by it, and we even managed to get in a bit of Science by observing the change from solid to liquid wax, and then liquid to solid as it cooled. (Fortunately there was no chance to observe the combustibility of exercise books, furniture, thatched roof, etc...)
May your Advent be full of little excitements too!