I rummaged in the big wooden chest to extract the Advent Calendars ready for next week. At first we couldn't remember whose was which, but mine is the Santa one (birthday present in a previous year) and his is the tree (bought by me). I worked it out in the end as I remembered having to glue some of the little wooded handles onto the drawers before I gave it to him. Mine doesn't have drawers, just are little hinged flaps like letterboxes.
Part of the reason for getting them out was to size up the inner dimensions of the drawers. Last year, and the year before, they were filled with all kinds of random flavours of tea bags. That was when I discovered that it can be difficult to open my little letterboxes when there is a teabag jammed inside, and some more generously filled teabags don't fit into the drawers.
There's time yet to work out what to do. We will each secretly set up each other's calendar... no peeking allowed!
I've also made a tea-light-Advent-calendar-sort-of-thing. I spotted someone on the internet wrapping tea lights with a little band of washi tape to make them look a bit festive - so that's what I've done, using various different reels that I have accumulated over the years. Nice, huh?
The plan is to burn one tea-light each night in a little holder with flying angels or similar on it. I can't remember exactly what the holder looks like, something along these lines.
It just depends how deeply buried it is in the Christmas decoration box in the loft; if we can't find it I may buy a new one, or even just put the tea-light on a little dish. There's something to be said for the Canadian system of a large basement with proper stairs for storing things. Much easier than getting out the step ladders and wobbling in and out of the dark, cold loft.