My favorite advent calendars, shockingly, do not involve candy. I prefer the the kind where we plan daily, festive activities to do together as Christmas approaches. Chris and I have done this since 2011, and this year we have added a few new activities: cable car caroling in San Francisco, hosting a progressive dinner, and tonight we're ice skating with friends.
We're flexible with traditions, and of course there are some ideas we love but haven't gotten to every year (e.g. the Messiah Sing Along at Stanford, buying a Christmas tree, watching Home Alone), but there are some advent activities that we are 100% wedded to. If we're still living in California, I'm pretty sure we'll always make time to return to the park where we got engaged. We'll always read Luke 2. And every year, for as long as we both shall live, we will listen to Six to Eight Black Men. Some traditions are too sacred to let go.