Advent, the time before Christmas, seemed to arrive faster than expected this year! Every year, we follow the German tradition of having advent calendars to count down the days to Christmas. Most years I have been a bit lazy and ended up buying a traditional chocolate-filled calendar. However, I have noticed over recent years, that the number of calendars with a Christmas motive (Santa, Christmas trees and the like) were gradually replaced by commercial motives. This year, ALDI for example, only had a choice of "The Incredible Hulk" (image above from the official website), "Spiderman" and "Bob the Builder" calendars with zero reference to any Christmas anything.
I cannot for the life of me see any connection between "The Incredible Hulk" and whatever the spirit of Christmas might be. To me, Christmas is a time of reflection on the values of life, family and community. We stick with old-fashioned traditions in our family. Some modest presents for the children, a focus on spending time together creating things such as Christmas craft or decorating the tree, and preparing traditional festive food is all we need to enjoy Christmas. And our Advent calendar this year is home-made, too: