Sunday, December 21, 2008

Chocolate moose?

Here's a picture of me (taken today) with one of my favorite Christmas decorations: a chocolate moose (my dad sometimes called me Moose when I was a kid - who knows why - so I have a very small collection of moose). This stuffed moose's soft, silky fur really smells like chocolate! Every year I pull him out of the decorations box and marvel at his delicious scent and how it remains strong, year after year (I've had him at least three years, probably longer). In the hubbub of the holidays, sometimes I pick him up and sniff him - I find the scent very relaxing! Hmmm, should I pack him in the hospital bag when the Christmas season ends? ;)


In case you're wondering, our tree has no lights or ornaments because we just put it up yesterday and haven't had time to trim it yet. This Advent I've chosen to delay Christmas decorations and music. The simpler and more penitential time of preparation has been meaningful for me. Next year, though, I think we will start decorating on Gaudete Sunday (the third and most celebratory of the Sundays of Advent). It seems a shame not to enjoy the beautiful and symbolic decorations a little bit longer.

5 comments:

Beth said...

I think that packing your Moose would be a wonderful idea if he is relaxing for you! A very good focal point. Just make sure to put him in a baggie so that he doesn't get all your clothes and other items smelling like chocolate too. Remember you aren't supposed to eat anything while there:)

Wood said...

Hey! I suggested waiting until gaudete sunday to decorate our tree too... but I was vetoed. Oh well, we have been enjoying our tree!

Lillian said...

I would pack him and take him along!! I like the idea of decorating on gaudate Sunday!

Lillian said...

Oops, I forgot to say Merry Christmas!!! LOL!

Katherine T. Lauer said...

This year we started decorating on Gaudete Sunday and we'll try to keep our decorations up throughout all of Christmas (till Candalmas Feb. 2). We'll be good and sick of them by then!