Thursday, December 03, 2009

...and then he comes on the roof and down like that...

I've caved in. We have a chocolate advent calendar... it's SO rubbish I can't believe I bought it. The doors are just squares in a grid, the numbers hard to read and inside, there is no Christmassy image, just the back of a chocolate which one has to pry out of its tray with a fingernail to see the image. Today's chocolate could have been a baby or perhaps a snowman; a candy homunculus whose eery grimace was swiftly cut off by the spuds incisors.

Anyway, so apparently Potty Mummy has a fuzzy felt advent calendar and I am now in search because the one we have is, in fact, more rubbish than I may have let on and further, it is not achieving its goal which is to show the spud how many days there are left until Christmas and to stop him telling me every 5 minutes that it's going to be Christmas 'tomorrow'.

Thanks to his new Peppa Pig DVD (a Christmas pressie he managed to locate early) he is now aware that Santa lands on the roof and comes down the chimney and he feels it necessary to repeat this at frequent intervals, normally around bedtime. He hasn't quite gotten the word 'chimney' though and instead says "and he's on the roof and then DOWN" (points up and down rapidly at a wall as if showing a chimney) "like that". Which is Spud for 'thingamajig'.

In a fit of madness I ramped up the whole Christmas / winter enthusiasm levels by reading him 'The Snowman', a book which I have never before read (or seen the film) and know only from the ubiquitous song. It is, I have to say, a truly lovely book and he is completely enthralled. Resultantl,y he has added 'snow' to the list of things that are coming 'soon' like Santa and Christmas, but not like the ice-cream truck which he informs me at the same time 'is sleeping' (but coming back any day now).

I know I'm going completely backwards on this one but it's just to hard to be Scrooge when one is faced with an enthusiastic toddler. I'm just not sure how we're going to cope with another three weeks of all this glee.

6 comments:

Mum said...

Oh Sparx I let you down. I had thought for quite a while that I could easily make a felt advent Calendar and you could add the chocolate, though it was baby Jesus pictures when you were small. If you fail to fill this need before this Christmas please tell me and I will be a proper granny before next year.
Mum

SAHM-I-AM said...

oh crap! it's december already!!!

Sparx said...

Mum - that would be so sweet for next year - and I'd be perfectly happy with nativity pictures and not chocolate to be honest, the whole chocolate and presents thing is winding me up.

SAHM - no, sweetie, it's not... shhhh shhh shhhh there there...

MumsRock said...

Loved this - mainly because I think my toddler is in exactly the same zone as yours!
Being Jewish I'm enjoying Christmas I think for the first time...after an entire lifetime of giving 'Hanukah' presents on Christmas Day but not being allowed to mention Xmas, Santa etc and no tree I'm now more Chritmassy than the M & S ads. Ho Ho Ho I love XMAS with toddlers. It's VERY exciting. And that's JUST the way it should be.
x

Sparx said...

MumsRock

Yay!!! It is exciting. And while I call it Christmas because everyone else does, I like to think of it as the Winter Festival - and that includes Hannukah and Eid and Yule and all sorts of other traditions from other cultures that just happen to happen around the winter solstice - we're all just taking some sort of joy at the same time, and that's good.

Helen said...

We have a fabric Advent calendar that my mom made for the girls, but we are lousy about keeping up with it. I'm betting we'd be more observant about posting the days if we had a chocolate one. Even if the chocolate was the rubbery kind.