When I saw my parents this weekend my mom gifted me with a chocolate advent calendar. I can’t think if there was ever a Christmas without an advent calendar; they are kind of staples from a childhood in Germany. My mom sent me down with two extra ones too. One, she said, was for my good Consulate buddy and the other she said was for my friend who drove with me to the border. Of course he wasn’t doing it for protection or anything, he was off to a Cowboys game, but my mom was glad I didn’t drive alone nonetheless.
I gave the first calendar to my American friend and she said she had never had an Advent calendar. The scandal! The missed childhood moments! I had to teach her all about it and it’s simple joys..since really it is for kids. The excitement of finding the number, of opening the little box, of seeing what design is on the chocolate, of looking at the calendar and seeing all the little doors open meaning you are getting closer to Christmas!
This year I am more in the Christmas spirit, because while I am not leaving town, my sister is coming so I have someone to do all family style Christmas things with. On the docket is making apple pie, Christmas cookies, twice baked potatos, a spaghetti christmas eve dinner (main meal Christmas is still in discussion as both of us are really only experts in desserts and side dishes), breakfast casserole. We also have to watch a few Christmas movies:
1. Christmas in Connecticut
2. It’s a Wonderful Life
3. White Christmas
4. Any other Christmas movie that strikes our fancy, maybe Shop around the Corner, the Holiday, but the above three are the priorities.
Maybe I can convince some people to leave their families (who they see all the time and LIVE with), to come watch the movies. It truly is a shame how few Americans have seen these Christmas Classics, and I am almost sure most Mexicans haven’t seen them. It’s time people got introduced to the fun humor of a false identity in Christmas in Connecticut.