Yesterday I looked at what Advent means, building on my blog from last year about what makes Advent Calendars so special.
Today, I want to explore some Advent Traditions.
The Advent Crown was a take on the Advent wreath. As with many traditions that we are familiar with, here in the UK, they became popular through Prince Albert's influence. But with our tradition of Yule, it didn't take too much to pursuade us to bring evergreen greenary into the house.
Sweden and Julklapp
The Rules of the Game Today (taken from the elfster blog)
While there are many various, the most standard version is relatively simple.
The College's website says that it was introduced to 'bring a more imaginative approach to worship', but I can't help thinking that just 6 weeks after then end of World War I this must have been a very moving way to start Christmas.
Each year, the service is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as well as the World Service and now appears on iPlayer shortly after the service has concluded.
Whether or not you are a Christian, there is a sense of light in the darkness, starting with Diwali, which falls at the end of October / start of November, then Hanuakkah, during December, the Winter Solstice, on 21st December, and finally Christmas, there is a sense of hope, of light in the darkness and salvation.
Whether it's good over evil (Diwali), deliverance from peril (Hanuakkah), the days getting longer (Solstice) or the promise of salvation (Christmas).
Many Christains will undertake weekly advent bible studies in the run up to Christmas. One of the most memorable ones I've attended was based on the lines of a well know Christmas Carol.
Others will read a commentary or special daily devotion that allows them to reflect on this period of anticipation.
Whether you are a member of a church, occasionally attendee or someone who keeps their faith in their heart, it offers an opportunity to remind yourself of why you believe and, whatever your faith, that we all strive to be the best we can in this world.
Why the Christmas Lace Notes?
2023 has come along and this is the second year of my lace notes. All kicks off on 15th November with the first of this year's Chrismas movies. One a day, every day until Christmas.