If you’re on Twitter and you read AOW, you probably follow enough of our ridiculously funny, lovely, stupendously awesome readers to have heard of #ShareAdvent by now. If you somehow, magically haven’t #ShareAdvent is the genius ‘makes Christmas BE EVERYWHERE’ brainchild of Anna over at Skin and Blister. (Don’t look like that, it’s cockney rhyming slang for ‘sister’, silly.) Anna introduced #ShareAdvent over on her own blog back in November and had this to say about her gorgeous idea,
‘For the last few years I have made an Advent calendar with envelopes and inside each one I have put something to do or enjoy that day. It’s really made Advent an even more special time of year for us.
This year, I wanted to invite you to join in with me. I’ve thought really hard about the activities and have tried to make it as inclusive as possible so everyone can join in. I’m hoping that those who want to take part will share the calendar on Instagram and Twitter and we can all go on a little Advent-ure together. I’ve created the hashtag #ShareAdvent for that purpose.’
The activities Anna had planned were, quite frankly, brilliant. See?
As you can see, yesterday’s activity was to watch ‘Elf’. If you’re wandering round this morning snorting to yourself and yelling ‘SANTA?!?! I KNOW HIM!!!!!!’ at random, then we can assume you ticked that one off the list successfully. I can’t say I’ll be getting on board with today’s mulled wine/cider/apple juice ‘Advent-ure’, I hate cinnamon more than most things on this planet…but I shall adapt. Hot Ribena, anyone?
The purpose of this post is really to celebrate Anna and the phenomenal way in which she has bought a HUGE community of wonderful folk together. We wanted to round up our favourite #ShareAdvent blog posts and tweets and dedicate today to the incredible bunch of contributors and crafters and writers and readers who have joined in. Most of all, this post is dedicated to Anna herself. ‘Cause we love her. Quite a lot.
DAY 2 – MAKE A PLAYLIST FOR SOMEONE ELSE’S JOURNEY HOME.
Because I’m writing this post and therefore am IN CONTROL, I’m starting off with one of my own contributions to #ShareAdvent. And because I absolutely cannot let an opportunity to take the mickey out of our Anna slide by, so rare are they. (Love you, K.) I cheated slightly and sent Anna the link to a video, not a song, to make her journey home from visiting Bella go that little bit faster.
DAY 7 – LIGHT A CANDLE. REMEMBER. GIVE THANKS.
I have to point you in the direction of reader Elsie for this activity. Elsie recently started blogging at ‘Is Elsie Making Sense?‘ and in my opinion, yes she is. A whole lot of sense. She writes beautifully and hilariously and poignantly and I thoroughly enjoy her blogging. And her tweeting. And her sewing. She’s a bit of an all rounder, this one. You need to go here and read Elsie’s post for Day 7 of #ShareAdvent. So beautiful.
DAY 10 – SHOW GRATITUDE
What a day this was to be sharing your Advent on Twitter. You couldn’t fail to be moved, amused and warmed by the tweets circulating under the #ShareAdvent hashtag.
Lara – Today I am grateful for; my husband who made dinner even though it was my turn, the roof over my head and free frozen yoghurt. #ShareAdvent
Penny - Today I am grateful to the man in my house fitting our new boiler after 17 days of polar conditions. #ShareAdvent day 10.
This is just a sample of the loveliness that flooded the Interweb on the 10th December. Delve back in time with the #ShareAdvent hashtag to soak up all the joy.
DAY 15 – HANG MISTLETOE IN YOUR HOME
There wasn’t really another picture I could use for this. The inimitable Katie, adapting the 15th activity in her own extra special way.
Then there have been countless blog posts by a huge collective of amazing bloggers -
I could go on, quite possibly, all day. But I won’t. You simply need to head to Twitter, search under #ShareAdvent and All The Amazingness will be at your fingertips. Just be prepared to lose a significant portion of your day to ogling tree decorations, cakes, gingerbread houses, beautiful flowers and wonderful people. Because that’s exactly what will happen.
Anna, we salute you. You and the Skin and Blister community have outdone yourselves and Anna, Clare and myself are so delighted and proud to have been able to play along so far. Here’s to the next 7 days, Advent-urers. What’s been your highlight so far?