The Advent Calendar by Geoff Le Pard | Advent 2018 Day 3

The Advent Calendar

By Geoff Le Pard

‘What is it, Mum?’ Emily Smith, fourteen, looked up from her book.

Gilly, her mother, said, ‘A parcel from Uncle Augustus.’

‘Who is Uncle Augustus?’

‘I don’t really know. Someone on your father’s side. Do you remember the man you said looked like Gandalf? At Ben’s funeral?’

Emily nodded. She had wanted to speak to him, but there hadn’t been a chance on that awful day.

Gilly went on, ‘He said he’d be in touch with a little something.’ She pulled open the letter attached to the parcel.

‘What’s he say, Mum?’

Dear Both. I’m so sorry to miss you this Christmas,but I’ve had this curio for a while, waiting for the right home. Perhaps Emily can find out its secrets.

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Chocolate Countdown by Tara Paray | Advent 2018 Day 1

Chocolate Countdown

By Tara Paray

As this Advent Calendar blog series gets underway (again! — yay!) and Advent for Christians starts tomorrow, I’m beginning my countdown today with a very special calendar. I’ve had Advent calendars made of paper with little date windows you open. I’ve also had the kind that hang on the wall, felt or some other fabric, with tiny dated pockets a holly leaf inhabits, day to day.

This year, though, I finally found the perfect Advent countdown calendar for me. It’s a tree made of boxes, each containing some handmade and caramel-covered chocolate goodies. Now this is a countdown I can really get behind. Christmas is something to look forward to already, but I’m going to have such tasty fun getting there!
May your Christmas season be filled with decadent delights!

Tara Paray, a four-time Advent Calendar blog participant, is a chocolate lover living in Pennsylvania, USA. She’s a writer who loves to laugh and make other people smile. Visit her at
Find her other advent calendar posts here: A Christmas Kodak Moment, The Gift of Now, Making My Christmas List, Merry Christmas to You

Come back over the month to read Tara’s second post and the post of the other participants. If you are interested in participating in this year’s advent calendar, there is still space