Thought for the week
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