Twinvent

9 Nov

The word in the wild is that shipping was going to be slow this holiday season. My holiday gift giving might small, but I always send a package to my twin sister in Canada. Over the years it has gone from just presents, to presents and an homemade Advent calendar.

It’s one thing to get a box of presents to her home before December 25th. It’s something else completely to get an Advent package to her home by December 1st. With the rumors or slow shipping swirling in the stormy Fall winds, I knew I needed to plan, prep, and ship early.

In September I sorted through my leftover skeins of yarn. (Did I mention we now send yarn Advent calendars?) I kept my eyes peeled for other little treats whenever I shopped. By October, I was ready to pack. Last Monday, November 1st, I mailed the parcel.

Shipping is usually pretty straightforward. I wait in line, fill out the customs form, pay a ridiculous amount of money, and off the package goes. This time, I got a postal clerk I’d never seen before. She must have been a newbie because she was a stickler.

“What does this mean?” she asked pointing to the words Advent calendar on the form. Clearly she’d never heard the term because blank eyes stared back at me.

“Can I just scribble it off?” I asked, moderately frustrated.

She nodded then asked about the other two words on the form: yarn and candy. It was the candy that bothered her.

“What kind? Is it gum? Chocolate? Canada is usually not a problem but it says ‘detailed description of contents’. ” She wasn’t using a friendly tone, so I reciprocated.

“Look,” I began, “There are 24 different kinds. I have been doing this for many years. I’ve never had a problem and I am willing to take my chances.”

She rolled her eyes at me, skeptical, but processed to my package as I desired. I left, a little disgruntled with my service, but I let holiday replace that feeling. I had a tracking number!

I tracked my package from Portland, to Hillsboro, to San Fransisco and through Canadian customs. I could see the package would probably arrive by the end of the week and let my sister know. She had mailed her package containing the Advent calendar she made for me on Tuesday, November 2. Her tracking said it should arrive by Friday November 9. Holiday festiveness filled my heart.

Yesterday afternoon, during my lunch, my phone pinged. My sister sent a photo of the package. It had arrived. One week was a new record.

When I got home, I was gobsmacked by a parcel sitting on my front stoop. her package had arrived at my house the same day mine had arrived at hers. I dubbed it Twinvent.

5 Responses to “Twinvent”

  1. A. Shruti November 9, 2021 at 6:29 am #

    Coincidence is the handiwork of Universe. Glad of the ‘twinvent’! Hope it finds its way to Scrabble. Already starting to count the points😃

  2. nancyrsantucci November 9, 2021 at 6:49 am #

    What a cool and meaningful tradition. Your dialogue between you and the “stickler” really added to the piece. I also liked your word choice of gobsmacked. Enjoy the countdown.

  3. arjeha November 9, 2021 at 7:37 am #

    Great new word. Glad both packages got to their destinations safely, and on the same day no less. Hard to believe that advent and Christmas are not all that far away. Yikes!

  4. Ramona November 9, 2021 at 10:53 am #

    I love that you and your sis are so creative! You must have a corner on those knitting genes. I’m definitely impressed with your plan, prep, and ship early take charge attitude. And your sis had the same plan. Congrats on your Twinvent calendars! We’d love a picture.

  5. wordancerblog November 13, 2021 at 6:22 am #

    Love this! And who doesn’t know what an advent calendar is? Yikes! I want to create a twinvent – but I don’t have a twin! Maybe a sisvent or a cousinvent. Thank you for making me smile.

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