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