My roommates and I bought our tree before the month of December. I started listening to Christmas music at Halloween.
I somehow ended up at Trader Joe’s on Dec. 5th, still without a chocolate Advent calendar. They were all sold out!
I asked the checkout clerk if they were going to get any more calendars in, but I guess they don’t restock “time sensitive” products like a countdown to Christmas because my answer was a straightforward, “No” followed by “those were gone pretty quick.”
I went into work the next day and told my colleagues this “sad” story — the fact that it was now Dec. 6th and I could not properly count down to Christmas.
“Are you Christian?” one of the nurses asked me after I had unfolded said “sad” story.
I sheepishly answered “no” and she followed up with a “What’s an Advent calendar, anyway?”
I couldn’t believe that this middle-age, well-educated woman did not know what a (chocolate) Advent calendar was! I described the rectangular boxes that most of them come in with pictures of Santa or Rudolph on them. I described how there are little “windows” you open and behind each one is a piece of chocolate shaped like some sort of holiday-item. I told her you can only eat one chocolate per day, you’re counting down to Christmas after all.
Her response to all that was something like, “huh.” She didn’t seem amused. Our other coworker seemed to also be surprised that she didn’t know what a chocolate Advent calendar was.
Enter Dec. 10th.
I was well-rested Monday morning (Dec. 10th). I woke up 20 minutes before my alarm went off. But, it was a Monday. I wanted to stay in my warm bed. It was dark and cold outside. When I arrived to the office, I hadn’t shaken off my Monday blues.
I walked in and on my desk was A CHOCOLATE ADVENT CALENDAR!
I looked at my coworker who I share the office with. She also had one on her desk.
“Yeah, I don’t know who brought them. They were here when I got here,” she said.
Now, my roommates and I are playing catch up to the countdown to Christmas. (Thanks to the elf who brought them — aka my coworker who now knows what a chocolate Advent calendar is).