Like a traditional advent calendar, we each opened a daily gift leading up to today. Now, I want to be clear about this: 95% of the gifts were silly little things, like a chocolate bar or a novelty book of dad jokes. We aren’t rich, and we couldn’t exactly spend hundreds of dollars on the project! But it’s not the cost that matters. It’s the idea!
I wrapped the 22 gifts I got for Jason in various boxes we had around the house (cereal, popcorn, amazon boxes, etc) because he’s WAY too good at guessing the gifts from shape/feel. Then I bought a deck of cards and coordinated reds and blacks for matching colors/numbers. The red half of the deck was then put into little envelopes with notes that each contained one marital memory from the last 22+ years that I loved. I randomized the envelopes and clipped them into the heart pattern pictured above. That way, we never had any idea which one he’d get.
Jason started by setting up half the garage – the part we’d intended for the last year to set up – as an exercise area, with a good rubber matting floor and some walls to block out his tools and such. That was my Day 1 gift since all the other gifts were hidden around this room. In a traditional advent calendar, he placed randomized ping pong balls that he’d painted silver and numbered. Each day, I open a door, find the number, and then have to seek out that day’s gift.
It’s been a lot of fun! Some gifts to him have included a miniature Zoltar (ha!), root beer candy, a felt cross-stitch kit, a dinner out to Mi Roti, and a Buddha board; some to me have included an air plant, a desk skee-ball game, hiking-themed catnip toys (for me to play with the cats!), a 1000-piece puzzle, and Milano cookies. Today, Jason has off work, and we plan to spend the day out, first with a hike, then lunch down at the Pearl, then maybe a movie together. Nothing too fancy, nothing too elaborate. Just some time together to celebrate 22 years of marriage. 🙂
I’m off the blog for the next few days. Between Christmas and a situation that has come up in my extended family, I need a bit of offline time. I hope you all have the merriest of holiday seasons!