We are awash in advent goodness these days. Honestly, I think the countdown to Christmas is much sweeter than Christmas itself. Christmas comes and goes in a flash, but advent makes us slow down and suck the marrow from the season. One of my favorite advent things we do is an idea I took from my lovely friend Jill. For each day leading up to Christmas I wrap up a different Christmas-y book in a cloth drawstring bag and attach a number to it. Each night Pia gets to open a “new” book to read. Of course they aren’t new, they are the same ones from the year before, but if you saw the way Pia danced around the room last night after opening A Charlie Brown Christmas you would think it was the greatest gift she had ever received. Most of the books are ones that I have picked up from St. Vinny’s over the years, but I did splurge and buy a few on Amazon. Like Buying Mittens and Petunia’s Christmas. The latter is my favorite Christmas book of all time. I think. It is hard to choose, but, come on, a goose working to buy the freedom of the gander she loves so? Swoon.