Tuesday, November 30, 2010

One Shot Wednesday.....Counting Days

As I was digging
through the box
my hand pulled out
a piece of our past

I studied it for
a while and then
slowly unrolled my

Mother had made it
so long ago. Some
of the numbers are
squished together to fit

We always hung it
on the pantry door,
eagerly awaiting
December first

I would start
anxiously pulling out
the first day
a snowman, and
hanging it on the tree

Taking turns
we never fought
and we had our favorites

The candy cane
flying santa and reindeer
glistening angel and
shimmering tree

On Christmas Eve we
hung the last day together
Baby Jesus crowned
the top

Such sweet memories
and time to make
some more
I call to the kids
and head for the
pantry door.......

This past weekend I uncovered the advent calendar of my childhood. My brother David and I loved that calendar. We did even in high school. It was always neat to watch it fill up, and finally be able to hang the baby Jesus at the top. I brought it down for my children and they can't wait for Wednesday to hang the first item. My mother made this back in 1969. It is indeed a treasure....


  1. I remember each day was special. My children loved the advent calendar with a chocolate.

    thanks for the wonderful memories to share with One Shot

    Moon smiles

  2. smiles. those are sweet memories...and those traditions link the generations...nice write...and have fun making them...

  3. It is a treasure. What a wonderful tradition to pass on to your children. Happy December 1.

  4. This time of year brings so many memories to the forefront of the mind, especially when going through boxes of ornaments and other reminders. Nice write!

  5. Sharing it with your family makes it a treasure. A very warm One Shot!

  6. A bright light on a snowy day, this the first of Hannukah. Thanks for sharing your poem and your memories--so precious. Blessings.

  7. this is wonderful - such a sweet treasure and great you don't only have the memory but the real calender and your children can enjoy it now..so nice

  8. oh, how lovely! especially the baby Jesus on top. xo

  9. How lovely to keep such a cherished tradition alive with your own children. That's what family holidays are all about.

    Thanks for stopping by my place and commenting. I appreciate it.

  10. Beautiful reflection and tradition remembered.


  11. this was such a wonderful share...thanks pete

  12. Very sweet..

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  13. That first stanza, that really touched me...


  14. Its beautiful and nostalgic... I liked the way you brought it from the past to the present...

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    Om Namah Shivaya
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