When I was growing up, we didn’t get our Christmas tree until the weekend before Christmas. These days, it goes up a bit earlier.

If M had his way, it’d go up as soon as they come into stock. We compromise: I usually come home at the beginning of December to find one in place and decorated.

I generally prefer Advent to the day itself. It’s the build-up and the anticipation. All the little preparatory activities and decorations. The baking, the crafting, the planning. Not so much the shopping, though.

How ready are you?