Virtual Advent: Busy Times


Virtual AdventWhilst my blogging has been more miss than hit over the last few months, there was no way I was going to miss taking part in the Virtual Advent Tour! Many thanks to Kelly of The Written World and Marg of The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader for hosting the event again!

In case you are interested you can also check out my post from previous years:


As you can see from the list above, I’ve not really talked about how my family does Christmas before, and that’s for no other reason than I don’t think we have any particularly unique and quirky traditions.

When I was allocated today as my slot, I thought I’d change that a little bit this year, because the one thing that is traditional for us, is that December is quite a busy month for other family events, with wedding anniversaries and birthdays aplenty. (and a fight for card space in amongst all the Christmas cards!)**

My mum and dad’s wedding anniversary always started the month off on the 4th, and my brother’s and his wife’s is twelve days in.

Incidentally we do maintain 1 tradition the weekend following my mum and dad’s anniversary and his birthday, is the weekend we put our Christmas decorations up. (so that’s my weekend planned then! :))

Most importantly, for today at least, is my dad (that handsome bloke in the photo above.) today is his birthday. Many happy returns, pops! But, my mum also used to celebrate her’s on Christmas Eve, and mine takes place a few days later on the 27th (which is *whisper it quietly* my 40th this year…)

So, yeah, with the wider family having birthdays at the end of November and start of January, it’s always been a busy time of year, and it’s not set to get much quieter next year when my nephew and his fiancée tie the knot!

Before I go, I’ll leave you with a new favourite Christmas song I discovered last year: That’ll be Christmas by Thea Gilmore.

** Can I just mention as well how hard it is to find decent birthday cards etc in the shops during December! 


16 thoughts on “Virtual Advent: Busy Times

  • December 15 at 4:57 pm

    Christmas totally kicks off birthday season for us! Nothing leading up, but my Mum is on Dec. 29, then my sister & I mid-January. My Aunt and Grandmother (both passed on now :() first week of Feb. It used to be a whole lotta cakes and cookies for 6 weeks in a row. I wasn’t complaining. 😉

    Also, THANK YOU for posting that song! New to me this year and I stopped reading the post so I could download her album and that song. She’s got an amazing voice. Will have to check out her non-Christmas stuff. I am a huge sucker for Christmas music. 😀

    • December 18 at 12:48 am

      Ooh. Glad you liked the song and got the album, there’s a couple of great songs on there!

  • December 10 at 12:04 pm

    My mom’s birthday was just after Christmas. Worse for her, her dad’s birthday was New Year’s Eve. She never had a birthday celebration until she was grown and married.

    Here’s my Virtual Advent post!

    • December 10 at 6:33 pm

      It’s sometimes a PITA, booking nights out, buying cards etc. but It can be a fun time to have a birthday as well.

  • December 10 at 11:43 am

    Wow!! What a month of celebrations. Sounds like December is the best. 🙂

    And 40? Heh, you’re still a spring chicken. My next decade birthday is in 2015 …

    • December 10 at 6:36 pm

      It’s a pretty enjoyable month, normally. 🙂

  • December 10 at 12:22 am

    All the Christmastime birthdays! And I won’t tell anyone you’re turning 40 if you don’t tell anyone I am going to be 40 soon too. Happy Birthday!

  • December 8 at 4:17 pm

    I feel your pain – everyone in my family (except me) has a birthday between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Makes for a busy couple of weeks and hard to come up with good gift ideas so close together! Happy Birthday on the upcoming milestone!

    • December 10 at 6:35 pm

      Thanks for the birthday wishes, hope you do ok with the prezzie picking!

  • December 5 at 5:38 pm

    Happy birthday to you and your family members celebrating this month!

  • December 5 at 5:34 pm

    Wow, that is a busy month!! In my family it was always June that was like that, but I do have one living grandparent left and her birthday is just after Christmas as well. 🙂 Hopefully I have luck on the card thing. I have her present, but forgot the card…

    • December 5 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks. Good luck finding a card!

    • December 5 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks. Your recipe sounds really yummy.

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