I was in the kitchen last night marinating some chicken for the barbecue. Listening to the radio as I pounded lemongrass with a mallet, I heard a song come on the radio. It was, I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus. As we were still officially in the first week of November, it stunned me that I was listening to a Christmas carol with still so many days before December 25.
But it’s not really all that shocking because I’ve worked out there’s now only six Sundays until Christmas Day and in just over three weeks our house will be on the countdown. Our boxes of Christmas decorations will be brought out from the cupboard under the stairs, we’ll have the front of our house decorated in fairy lights, there will be a welcome wreath on the front door, I’ll fill a bowl full of Christmas-scented potpourri, there will be paper hand towels decorated with Christmas scenes placed in the bathroom for guests and while I bake Christmas cakes I’ll be burning Christmas-scented candles.
There will also be advent calendars. And last week I found a stunning advent calendar on facebook that’s made by Coco Chocolate. I loved it because not only is the chocolate organic and fair trade, these beautifully decorated chocolates that depict nostalgic Christmas scenes are absolutely a work of art.
I shared the advent chocolate box on my facebook page and Rebecca, who is a chocolatier and the owner of Coco Chocolate, was so grateful for the ‘share’ she sent me a box of these chocolates as a thank you gift. I was thrilled to come home and find this beautifully presented package at my front door.
The advent chocolate box makes a fabulous dinner party gift or a very special advent calendar. The chocolates are arranged in an abstract pattern so each morning you need to hunt for the chocolate of the day.
Just a few of the scenes depicted on the chocolates are a partridge in a pear tree, a drum for a drummer boy, the Star of Bethlehem, a reindeer, a snowman, a dove, a Christmas pudding, a stocking, and Jesus in the arms of Mary. All almost look too good to eat.
The advent chocolate box can be ordered on-line and retails for $49.95 however, if you ‘like’ the Coco Chocolate facebook page you can buy the advent chocolate box for the discounted price of $39.95. The advent boxes are available in dark, milk or white chocolate.
How are you preparing for Christmas?
Coco Chocolate: Shop 12, 3a-9b Broughton St/ Bligh St
(a couple of shops down Bligh St from the Kirribilli cafe!)
Kirribilli NSW 2061, Australia
tel +61 2 9922 4998