Advent Calendar Season

Yesterday I woke up and realized…it’s almost advent calendar season!

I adore advent calendar season. Although I’m not a fan of the flat ones with chocolate in them (the chocolate isn’t to my taste) once I became an adult I learned that there are SO MANY VARIATIONS on the “give Bess a small thing to unwrap every day” theme.

Here are some of my favorites!

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Candle Collection of a Non-Candle Collector

A couple weeks ago I bought a candle. I was excited by it because it sorts you. (Link for anyone else that is enchanted by that idea.) It arrived and I opened it and it smells lovely and then I realized.
I don’t…actually like candles?
I mean, I love them conceptually but I never actually light them. I don’t like burning candles because I have a cat and, even though he’s very smart about that sort of thing and has never bothered our yahrzeit candles, I have anxiety. So they’re more knicknacks than candle-candles around here. And yet, despite not being a candle fan, I have a whole heckin’ collection:

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What it’s like to text bank

Last week Kevin and I did some text bank volunteering with the Harry Potter Alliance and Head Count.

The details in advance were a little vague on what that meant so I was pretty nervous going it but it turns out that that text banking is almost completely painless and actually pretty helpful! (Added bonus if some of your favorite musicians play a just-for-volunteers concert while you work.)

If you’re curious about doing something similar, here’s what it was like for us:

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