ADVENTFor years, my family and I have used a fabric re-usable advent calendar. As a child, it was one of my favourite parts of the Christmas season and I was keen to recreate this with my children. My grandmother always sent a beautiful advent calendar over from Germany, and us children would delight in taking turns to open the little windows.

In the advent calendar I use, there are pockets for putting in little goodies. My younger daughter was rather delighted when she realised recently that with her big sister now at uni, that was one less person to partake in the advent treats!

But what sort of mother would I be if I didn’t put some Advent love in the post for the daughter who is far away across the land but always close in my heart?

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