Advent calendar Box 1

advent calendarIt’s that time again when the countdown to Christmas begins. Last year I had an advent calendar where I wrote about something related to it every day until December 24. I decided to do it this year too. Maybe there will be some more sparkle this time. But I don’t plan in advance so it can become a surprise for me too.

In Finland, we celebrate it at the Christmas Eve. It’s when families gather around for a feast and the presents are opened. Some people go to church. Everyone celebrate Christmas differently. I and dad are going to Riga by ship this year again. It’s so much easier when everything is ready for you. I’m not much of a cook when it comes to Christmas. It hasn’t been the same since my mother died. Even when she was alive, we went there too.

We go to the cemetery the day before Christmas to put a candle on our family grave. Both of my grandmothers are buried there along with my sister and mother. When we celebrated at home, we went there on the Eve. In recent years we haven’t had snow so Christmas is pretty grey and dark. But seeing all the candles lit on the graves, it’s less depressing. If you want snow, you have to travel to the North of Finland. Snow does make things lighter. It doesn’t need to be much. I really hope there’s gonna be something white on the ground this year. Walking on the cemetery would feel much more Christmasy.

So there you have the first box of the advent calendar 2017. Tomorrow is another day, so see you there.

Advent Calendar, Day 1

Christmas decorationToday it’s December 1. This idea might be like an echo in a silent cave. In other words, to deaf ears. Anyway, I don’t really know what this is supposed to be. I’ll try to post every day something. It might be photos I’ve taken or poems. It has something to do with Christmas or Christmas things.

This first post is more of an introduction so here’s a poem.

December 1 

It’s December, not November

It’s Christmas time, a time for kids and kids at heart

Oh no not again you might say

But wait, there’s more

It’s December 1st and not the last

A Christmas calendar is waiting

Waiting is the exiting thing

Be a kid and not an adult

Forget presents, it’s the time together that counts

Christmas is enjoying, not to get stressed

It’s December first and it just grows my thirst

Enjoy it while it lasts because it goes fast

Have a advent calendar and count the days

That’s what I do and so should you

It’s December 1st

 

 

 

NaBloPoMo15: Toys R me

NaBloPoMo15 has started. This is my first of November. You will see new post every day. Hopefully. Let’s gets some toys out there. Which is the subject of today.


You would think, me being a girl my favorite toy would be a doll. But that’s where you are wrong. It wasn’t dolls, it was cars. Being a tomboy was more fun. Of course I had dolls too. But cars were my thing. That was the reason I loved the TV show Knight Rider. It was all because of the talking car, K.I.T.T. That was the coolest thing ever. I’ve seen a replica of it in real life. I even named one of my chimpanzee dolls after it, Kit.

My best friend at the time had one of those Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. But I didn’t want one of those. I wanted a remote-controlled car. All I got though was a remote-controlled car with a cord in it. I could have sworn I still have the car somewhere but I can’t find it anywhere. Otherwise I could have taken a photo of it to put in this post. Anyway, when you played with it, you had to follow it. When I saw kids having theirs where they could control the car from a far, I was a bit jealous.

Now as an adult, you see things in different perspective. If I had toys I wanted when I was a kid, they would just be somewhere collecting dust. They probably wouldn’t even work anymore. When parents buy toys to their kids, they should also think about the future. Those kids will grow up and all you have left are unnecessary stuff in your closets. The problem with toys are that it’s only fun for a while. It’s about quality and not quantity. It’s better to have just a few toys than a lot.