December is my favourite month of the year for many reasons. First of all, I’m a December baby 🙂 Secondly, I really love Christmas time and New Year’s parties. Thirdly, I’m a genuine chocoholic so there’s no better time for me and my bad habit than the month of festivities and gift giving. Actually, I didn’t put gifts at all on this list because frankly they aren’t that important to me.
Chocolate Advent Calendar
The excitement of opening one door at the time to find a small delicious chocolate each day. What could be better? In the past few years I decided to treat myself with a chocolate Advent calendar even though I’m an adult 🙂
When I was a child I got small presents for St. Nicholas’ Day (6th December). If you are good you get chocolate. If you are naughty, you get coal and a rod!
Christmas decorations & Christmas lights
At home, in the town…they just pretty up everything, don’t they?
I really want to visit the Christmas markets in Germany. So far I’ve been to a couple of Christmas markets in Austria, Budapest, London and at the French Riviera.
I woke up this morning with only one thought on my mind. It is 1 December which means that I can finally open my new Lindt chocolate Advent calendar. I bought it in mid-October when I was going back from a business trip to Italy. My new colleagues asked me if I bought it for a kid, but no, I blushingly explained, I bought it for myself. Yep! That’s me, carrying a big chocolate Advent calendar back home from a business trip. And I’ll be 33 in 17 days!:) But what can I say, I just love chocolate Advent calendars. The waiting part, the excitement part, the part when you get to open a new window each day which hides a new sweet treat and the tasty chocolate itself. It’s the best thing ever!:)
I didn’t really have a chocolate Advent calendar when I was growing up. First of all, I grew up in 80’s and early 90’s in a country that no longer exists, deprived of shopping malls, McDonald’s and a mobile phone until the age of 16. I got my first PC when I was finishing high school. But you know, I had better childhood than most kids today. I spent my days playing outside with real friends. And reading lots of books, of course. Anyway, I’m digressing too much, the point is, there just weren’t Advent calendars and most other things until I was a teenager. So now, I’m making up for some things, like the absence of a chocolate Advent calendar by buying it for myself. And I enjoy it shamelessly. I probably enjoy it more now than I would have when I was a kid!
I used to buy ordinary, plain, chocolate Advent calendars but last year I splurged a bit and got myself a Ritter sport chocolate advent calendar. You can read the story about my last year’s Advent calendar here. I loved it! It was just great!
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?
mug from last year’s Christmas market in Vienna, Austria