On December 1, we can begin marking the last days frenzied days to Christmas 2013. Most of us have one (or more) Advent calendar, and we start opening doors, finding treats, hanging ornaments or whatever we do to mark each day.
At our house, we’re still using the same felt calendar that my friend Donna and I made when our boys were four or five. I have a second, more elaborate, woodland house from my sister, Barbara. In each door, tree or window, there is a small woodland creature.
Last night my friend Gini showed me the best computer Advent calendar, a Jacquie Lawson Edwardian Christmas calendar. For a small fee (less than a standard Hallmark card), I purchased the animated calendar. Each day, I will watch the family in an English country house prepare for their Christmas. The setting is very much like Downton Abbey, with both the upstairs and below-stairs members of the household. On December 1, we were introduced to the family dogs and cat. I looked around the house and found puzzles and games, other animated curiosities, and, in the library, numbered books that elaborated a little more on the customs of the early 1900’s. I imagine that people of all ages can enjoy something in this animated wonderland.
I sent the calendar (for another small fee) to three of my friends, and I hope they enjoy it as much as I do. I was a little worried about downloading the file, but that went smoothly. One small drawback is that the calendar does not work on iPhones or iPads.
The snow globe icon is on my desktop, so I’m reminded of the joys of the season while I am working!
Lawson and her small team of employees work out of a village in England creating e-cards. There is a second Advent calendar, the Alpine Village, that is also available.
(If you are visiting our blog today, you can see that the snow is falling across the page! I love that widget.)