Monday, December 15, 2008

We Have Chocolate Taped To Our Walls

So what do you do when you can't run out to Trader Joe's for an Advent calendar? And what do you do when the neighborhood market doesn't stock Advent wreaths?

Although both of these items can be found, with a little effort, here in Beijing, we decided to go in some different directions. Actually, it was Z who came up with the idea of making a calendar out of paper and then stocking it with Dove and other fine chocolates. Turns out this was a "win-win" strategy...The candies are bigger and tastier and they cost less than the pre-made calendars at the Western market.

For her part, Desi continued the "tradition" of making paper decorations as the various holidays have approached over the past several months. This time around, it was a wreath. Normally, we use clippings from our Christmas tree and real candles. Neither were possible nor seemed like a good idea given our current living arrangements. Why introduce an unnecessary fire risk when we have only one way out, down six flights of 85 stairs?

The only weakness in our Advent preparations? Apparently, the paint on our walls is not the most adhesive. With each piece of chocolate also comes a chunk of white paint. No jokes about lead paint, please...



At 4:18 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Hello there! Marina gave me the link to your blog and it's terrific! We homeschool our kids and they will find it to be very interesting.
Love the advent calendar- it's super creative.

At 10:45 AM, Blogger The Balla Family said...

Dear Heather,
Nice to have you "on board." We're really looking forward to homeschool! We appreciate your encouragement as we embark on this new part of our "journey." Any pointers you can offer will be greatly appreciated!


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