Thought for the week

Bangor Mail - - News -

THIS com­ing Sun­day, De­cem­ber 1 is Ad­vent Sun­day. Many chil­dren and adults will start open­ing win­dows on their Ad­vent Cal­en­dars.

Tra­di­tional Ad­vent cal­en­dars might show the manger scene, Fa­ther Christ­mas, rid­ing his present-packed sleigh or a snow cov­ered land­scape. Af­ter that you can choose from a va­ri­ety of TV, film or toy fran­chises, en­tic­ingly de­picted in card­board pack­ages.

It seems to be im­por­tant to have a cho­co­late or a sweet be­hind each door that is opened. For the well­heeled there is a wide choice of cal­en­dars that will de­liver cos­met­ics or minia­tures of malt whisky or gin as a door is opened. Tif­fany & Co have pro­duced the world’s most ex­pen­sive Ad­vent Cal­en­dar. £104,000 buys you a four feet tall duck egg blue show­piece, that de­liv­ers a piece of jew­ellery for ev­ery day in Ad­vent.

Only one is avail­able for sale in the UK, so you will have to be quick.

Ad­vent is a sea­son of an­tic­i­pa­tion. Most adults can re­mem­ber the ex­cite­ment mount­ing as Christ­mas Day draws nearer. Per­haps one of the best things you can do in the hec­tic month of De­cem­ber is to give your­self the gift of time? When you open the door on your Ad­vent Cal­en­dar each day or per­haps just sit down with a cup of cof­fee, give your­self five min­utes of “You Time.” Let the busi­ness float away.

This time is just for you! Let go of the things that are weigh­ing you down. Fo­cus on fam­ily and friends. Recharge those spir­i­tual bat­ter­ies, seek en­cour­age­ment and in­spi­ra­tion. And if you are a per­son of Faith, in­vite God to come closer and join you in your Ad­vent jour­ney.

Rev Noel Carter

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