When I was a child Christmas wasn’t that big of a deal in my family. Yes, we put up the Christmas tree and my mum baked a lot of cakes but somehow it was my birthday that stole the show or the fact that I got presents for St.Nicholas Day (6th December). Yes, I was born in the week before Christmas so I rarely got double presents (it was usually just birthday gifts and not birthday and Christmas presents). However, I always got sweets&chocolates for St.Nicholas Day. And a decorative twig (rod) from Krampus so that I continue to behave well.
Things have changed since my childhood and now I get double presents (for my birthday and for Christmas but not anymore for St.Nicholas Day ). I have always wanted a chocolate Advent calendar but I got it maybe once or twice when I was a child and then I became a teenager and I didn’t want to be bothered anymore with those childish Christmas traditions. So, when I finally moved out I bought myself a simple, cheap milk chocolate Advent calendar. I was pleased as punch with myself!I waited anxiously for the first of December to arrive so that I could open the first window on my advent calendar and eat the first chocolate. When I felt especially magnanimous I shared the chocolate with my boyfriend. But that wasn’t very often :). Anyway, it requires a certain strength of the character to open one window /chocolate at the time for 24 days, don’t you think so?
On Sunday I went shopping for this year’s Advent calendar. I decided to splurge a bit and not get the most simple milk chocolate calendar. I was standing in front of the shelf with the advent calendars discussing out loud the pros&cons of each of them with my husband when a lady approached me and said :˝ It doesn’t really matter which one you get. It’s not as if they are going to let you try it!˝My husband burst out in laughter and I blushed. That lady must have thought that I was buying an advent calendar for a child and not for myself :). I had trouble deciding which one to get, I was torn between Lindt & Milka & Ritter sport chocolate calendar. In the end I opted for the Ritter sport chocolate advent calendar because I really like those chocolates even though I rarely buy them.
This morning I got the first chocolate. It had a snowflake on the wrapping and it was so delicious. It was chocolate with biscuit. I’ve got lots of more flavours to look forward to such as hazelnut, marzipan, honey etc. I wonder what I’ll get on the last day?
ps. I’m travelling soon to Vienna 🙂