When I was growing up, Christmas officially began on the night of 30th November. This was when my dad would go into the loft and bring down the advent calendar. This advent calendar was special because it was handmade by our family, and was made up of 24 pockets, each containing individual pieces of the nativity scene. Every year we would debate which pieces would be placed into the numbered pockets so that they would then appear in the ‘right’ order, and more importantly, so that it was fair. One of the rules of the advent calendar was that, year on year, my brother and I would take it in turns to take out baby Jesus (because he was the most important) and, if we didn’t get to take out baby

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