Bookish Advent calendar

Last year I described the amazing Advent calendar tradition my friend developed, and I’m glad to report the tradition’s going strong.

To recap…

My friend, who is a wickedly talented artist, felted this Advent calendar (which I like to leave on the wall year-round, but she chastises me for doing that, which I rather like: it’s part of our shtick).

And then she fills it each year with quotes, mostly from books.

And I give her a collection of daily quotes for Advent, too.

And then… this additional step, which caps it all off: We met earlier this week to discuss which quotes were our favorites.

My favorites that were given unto me:

There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.

– Bram Stoker, Dracula


No one hits the bullseye with the first arrow.

– Sybil, Downton Abbey, S1, E4


The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

– Agatha Christie


I mean seriously… Aren’t those good?


And here are my friend’s favorites:

Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.

– Hafiz of Persia


One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.

– A.A. Milne


Never let a good crisis go to waste.

– Winston Churchill



So… I’ve already begun compiling her quotes for next year, which has me doing things like checking out the printed book of an audiobook I’m reading, so I can capture the quote that I think she’ll like.

It’s like reading with a purpose, all year long. I like it so very much.