1. Picture Advent Calendars
Because my mother spent some of her childhood in Germany, several of our family traditions are connected to those she remembers from this magical time of her life. As a result, chocolate calendars were highly verboten in our home growing up although my sister recently got a tea one - each day a new tea - and that was begrudgingly permitted. (Hee hee!)
It is always fun to guess what the picture might be! One year my husband and I got a very strange advent calendar with several images of crows with bones in their beaks whose meanings we are still trying to decipher....
2. Christmas Markets
3. Ghost Stories on Christmas Eve
By the way, have you seen the new movie about how the story was born out of Dickens' serious case of writer's block?