Our traditional holiday lies

22 Nov

“I’m worried about the package,” my sister told me when we Skyped on Sunday. “I had to go to a different post office and the clerk gave me trouble.”

“How so?” I asked.

“Well, I lied, as always. Instead of saying the package contained tea, I said it contained chocolate. The clerk said it was a violation of Canadian and American law to send chocolate throughout the mail. So I said it was candy. I’m worried she flagged it for inspection.”

I laughed. We are always lying to federal officials on both sides of the border, about what our packages contain. They never contain anything illegal, but we lie just in case.

When I arrived home last night, I mounted the stairs chanting my new apres-knee mantra: “Good foot up, bad foot down”. I can walk unassisted, but am using a cane for security. As I reached the top step, I looked up and saw a small package at my door stoop. Oh, to be able to run or skip! It was, of course, my illicit Advent calendar.

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I sent a quick message to my sister then opened this tiny cabinet of wonders.

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One tea a day until Christmas! As a naturally curious person, I had to peek at my birthday. What tea would December 23 hold?

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Organic Kashmiri Chai! I resisted the temptation to peek at any others. I just have to wait patiently for 8 days, until I can open the first drawer.

 

 

 

12 Responses to “Our traditional holiday lies”

  1. lisaorchard1 at 5:58 am #

    You and your sister have a close relationship. I can tell in your writing. I’m glad your sister’s package made it across the border and I bet you two aren’t the only ones who lie about what your sending. 😉 Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Dianne! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and the other Slicers this year. 🙂

  2. Alice Nine at 6:49 am #

    Ah! Family holiday traditions especially ones share with loved ones across miles are so special. I love your Advent tea calendar –“a tiny cabinet of wonders.” Thanks for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving, Adrienne.

  3. arjeha at 7:28 am #

    What a great way to count down the days til Christmas. Enjoy your daily tea. Glad to hear you are getting around much better now. Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Brian Rozinsky at 8:51 am #

    A nifty gift & a fun slice. Who knew tea constituted such a sketchy shipment??

  5. barbara suter at 9:21 am #

    I am absolutely green with envy over your tiny tea cabinet. And what fun to discover a new surprise every day. And like you, I would not have been able to resist peeking at my birthday tea. I, too, am a December baby…December 28th! Love the pictures, too.

  6. Terje at 10:02 am #

    Ah, a tea advent calendar – a great gift. Enjoy every sip!

  7. newtreemom at 10:42 am #

    I love Advent calendars. Have fun with yours! It was a fun story!

  8. Tara Smith at 11:46 am #

    Now that is a special Advent calendar!

  9. joann hulquist at 12:19 pm #

    I love your tradition! Sending you wishes for healing for that leg. No fun!

    Joann

    Joann Hulquist Sent from my iPad

  10. kathleentobiasson at 12:24 pm #

    What a thoughtful gift! You’re so blessed.

  11. Ms Victor Reads at 2:40 pm #

    What a great slice! Shipping across country borders is a challenge, but I am glad the Advent calendar made it there safely! They sold these in Germany and I often wanted to treat myself, but didn’t:( Silly me! Enjoy the treats! Hope you are healing well.

  12. teachworkoutlove at 11:31 pm #

    Well that looks excellent!! 🙂

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