December first in the Martin household is an important day for Christopher since he gets to open the first drawer of our Advent calendar. Ever since his first Christmas, at six months of age, we've loaded this little wooden chest of drawers with goodies. It's the only month of the year that Christopher bounds out of bed and down the stairs to see what's in the drawer! We used to tuck little ornaments and money in addition to candy in the drawers, but discovered early on that chocolate was the prefered find! Here's a picture of the candy wrappers shortly after Christopher checked the drawer!
Today I also got a Christmas present, quite by accident! When Dan and I returned from our shopping excursion we found a rather large box at the front door. Dan and I both looked at each other and said, "I didn't order anything, did you?" The box was addressed to me so I assumed that I either ordered something and forgot about it or perhaps a family member sent us a gift. So I opened the box to find that it was a gift for me from Dan-O himself! It's my first piece from the Department 56 Christmas Village I wished to start collecting this year! Surprise! So we set it up and it's so very pretty! Thanks Dan!