But this is a blog about everyday life, after all, and things don't always go according to plan. Our Advent crown (which is essentially a wreath that sits on the table with four candles, to be lit on the four Sundays of Advent) is still a collection of separate components, and most crucially, the coniferous greenery which will make its base is still growing somewhere in Wiltshire.
So my first Christmas top tip is that if you are planning to make an Advent crown then maybe it's best to start it before the 2nd of December, and if you go out to collect some natural materials to make your crown or your wreath, then remember your secateurs.
|Just look at all that green stuff on the other side of the canal!|
Even if we hadn't forgotten the clippers, our bike ride along the Kennet and Avon canal proves the old adage that the Advent crown greenery is always greener on the other side of the canal, and we might well still have come away empty handed.
Green pine needly stuff or no green pine needly stuff, it was still an enjoyable cycle ride, and there's nothing quite like a bracing outdoor picnic in December. My other Christmas top tip for today? All the materials we associate with this season: pine trees, ivy, holly and mistletoe can be enjoyed just as much in their natural habitat too. There's nothing like reconnecting with nature to put things in perspective.
And as for our Advent crown, fortunately there are 22 more days of Advent. Watch this space!