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November 15, 2018

virtual advent tour 2018 signups now open
posted by soe 1:37 am

Arbo & Santa's Dog Park

This year marks the fourth time I will play host to the Virtual Advent Tour. I can’t believe it’s time to embark on the process once more!

If this is your first time here at the winter holidays, welcome! The Virtual Advent Tour is a bloggers’ take on the traditional Advent calendar in which each day in December leading up to Christmas Day you open a door to unveil a hidden scene or piece of chocolate or some other treat. In our version, each morning I’ll point you to a post at someone’s blog in which they share something about their holiday season.

While both the tradition of the Advent calendar and the timing skew Christian, the tour is inclusive and open to anyone who celebrates December holidays of any sort — from Hanukkah to Kwanzaa, from Festivus to Solstice, and from Christmas to something I’ve never heard of but that I’ll learn about from you — and who wants to share them with us. We love reading about all kinds of holiday celebrations and the traditions you’ve developed around them!

Would you be willing to share a winter holiday post one or two days next month? You’d know the date(s) ahead of time (and can request a specific one if you’d like), your post can be as simple or as complex as suits you, and there’s no need to tell me what you’re going to write about in advance. Folks have shared favorite holiday music, charities, recipes, religious calendar dates, literature, local events, memories, and traditions both old and new, to name some of the topics from years past. All that I ask is that you have your post published by midnight your time the evening before the date(s) you pick, so I can link to it in my post and direct visitors your way. (Speaking of visitors, make sure leaving a comment on your blog is as barrier-free that day as possible if you’d like folks to respond.)

If it sounds fun and you’d like to participate, please leave me a comment on this post telling me what date(s) you’d like. I’ll update this post as people claim days and will create a 2018 Tour button/badge folks can use if they want to.

Thanks in advance for making this one of my fun December traditions!

Update (11/27/18)

1: Nan
2: Bridget
3: sprite
4: sprite
5: Nan
6: raidergirl3
7: Judith
9: Rudi
11: Kat
14: Judith
18: Jo Kay
20: Constance
23: Rudi
24: Bridget

Category: christmas/holiday season. There is/are 13 Comments.

ME ME ME!!! I always love this, and I’m so glad you are doing it again! If possible, I would like December 2 at a minimum. But I’m happy to take more, including Christmas Eve if no one else wants it – I really liked having that one last year.

Feel free to ask me for additional dates once things are filled in and you need more people. 🙂

Comment by Bridget 11.15.18 @ 8:02 am

ME ME ME!! 🙂

You can plug me in any day but Wednesdays! Woot! I am so excited about this again this year!

Comment by Kat 11.15.18 @ 9:54 am

Sign me up for two days. Not sure which ones yet.

Comment by Rudi 11.15.18 @ 5:27 pm

Yay sprite for hosting again! Of course I’ll join in again this year! It’s hard to believe it’s time for this already, although I did spend last weekend listening to Christmas music so I actually am already in the mood.
I will take Dec 6th for now, and maybe a later date if needed.

Comment by raidergirl3 11.15.18 @ 7:11 pm

It’s always a bit stressful when you put out something like this that everyone will decide that they really don’t want to participate this year, so I’m always so glad when folks respond positively the first day!

@raidergirl3: I have you down for the 6th and will drop you a line if we’re short on sign-ups.

@Rudi: Thanks!

@Kat: Awesome! I’ll let you know as I see what the calendar is looking like.

@Bridget: Dec. 2 is yours! And I’ll definitely keep you as the front runner for Christmas Eve unless someone else is desperate for it.

Comment by soe 11.16.18 @ 1:40 am

One of the dates will be December 23. The other will be December 9. And I might be up for a third… 😉

Comment by Rudi 11.16.18 @ 2:16 pm

I’m quite sure I signed up for this in 2013, but wasn’t able to do it because my daughter was in the hospital the first four days and my granddaughter was born on the fifth. You have possibly read the whole story on my blog. Because my granddaughter and her grandfather share a birthday, I would like the 5th, if possible.

Comment by Nan 11.21.18 @ 7:50 pm

Actually, if no one has chosen the first, I would like that one as well as the fifth!

Comment by Nan 11.21.18 @ 8:01 pm

I would be a new participant, if there is space for me. I live in the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York State. I linked to this event via Letters from a Hill Farm. I could do December 7, if no one has taken it, or December 6, or December 13, or December 10. Please let me know if none of those days work. Thank you for hosting this wonderful tradition!!

Comment by Judith 11.25.18 @ 10:16 am

I can take a second day – let me know what day needs filling in.

Comment by raidergirl3 11.26.18 @ 9:45 pm

I can’t believe I missed the sign-up! And I was looking for it (and looking forward to the tour!) I’ll take the 18th if possible, otherwise and other day in that week would be fine, too

Comment by Jo Kay 12.01.18 @ 11:24 am

I just published today’s. Sorry, I missed that about doing it the day before. And I won’t be doing it the day before my 5th post because I expect there will be photos taken that day that I may want to use.

Comment by Nan 12.01.18 @ 11:30 am

Is it too late to sign up? I just saw Nan’s blog post. I could do the 20th or 21st.


Comment by Constance 12.05.18 @ 8:54 pm