My mother-in-law used to do a lot of embroidery and she made this for us as a Christmas gift shortly after we were married. It goes up every year and involves no chocolate whatsoever. We don't put up decorations until about a week before Christmas but an advent calendar is fine.
It is a nod in the direction of Christmas whilst continuing to wait, patiently.
Only one member of our current household of two can do the ribbons to the required standard (but she is rubbish at stacking the dishwasher).
Visiting sons expect to see it. It says something about all being well with the world. I guess family traditions do that.
Mother-in-law is unwell this Christmas and facing tough decisions about the future. A quick prayer for Ann each time we pass it is in order.