We received an email from Maddie that told us about her Christmas tradition:
Since the holidays are coming up, I thought I'd share with you ladies a cherished Canadian holiday tradition. In Canada, we celebrate by making our advent calendars NHL-themed. (See attached photo.)
Some things to note:
-This advent calendar actually has 32 days, one for each team in the league. So either I should have started on November 23, or I'm now counting down until 2011. Or until the Leafs reach the playoffs again.
-The chocolates do not have each team's logo on them (boo); instead, the logo is printed behind the chocolate and on the little window flap. Today was the Canucks.
-None of the logos printed on the front of the calendar line up with the windows on the calendar.
-There is a game on the back. It is composed of the 32 team logos in little cardboard squares, with a maze printed underneath them. The instructions are, verbatim: "Cut out your favorite team logo and find the way to the goal!
Hopefully you can run to your local drugstore and pick up one of these babies. However, the "Made in Canada" sticker is very prominent on the bottom right corner (the maple leaf), so maybe not.
We are so jealous and wish that we had one. But this got us thinking, what are some traditions that you guys follow that includes both the holiday spirit and hockey?
For example, we have a hockey card rip-down calendar. There are hockey cards posted to the wall for each day and we rip them off as a countdown to Christmas. (If our camera was working we would attach a picture.)
But what do you guys do? Send us pictures or comment here. It'll be fun to see some new traditions for the holidays.