Friday, 27 November 2015

Advent


This Sunday - 29th November - is the first Sunday of Advent. Although it's not December - just yet - in western Christianity Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas Day. So therefore, this year it begins this Sunday.

This is not when you get your Advent Calenders out, or when you can start opening windows and eating chocolates, this is a more gentle occasion and for some more thoughtful, the lighting of a candle to symbolise the start of the lead up to Christmas. As a child I was told at Sunday School the meaning of the four candles - I'm not sure if I have remembered it all correctly but I still think that the first candle is for Hope, the second To Prepare, the third Joy and the fourth for Love. Which all seem good sentiments to carry with you through the lead up to Christmas and beyond.

To me the start of Advent also means the start of Christmas. In my town it always coincides with the towns Dickensian Evening where the shops put up their Christmas decorations and stay open late, the Christmas light in the town are turned on, we have a lantern parade with all the local children and there are street stalls, hot chestnuts, mulled wine, Town Criers and Morris dancing in the streets. It's a perfect way to start........

This year my preparations for Advent and Christmas are all about simplicity. We will be dividing our time between Bath and Cornwall this year and spending Christmas with my parents - yay Mum's cooking the Turkey!! - so I have decided to keep everything easy, simple, and very Scandinavian.

My choice of arrangement for Advent this year shows my Christmas decoration style perfectly.....




However, if your looking for something a little different here are a few others I looked at for inspiration....






There are loads  on my pinterest board - if you want more click on the link below......


 Advent

I hope you all have a peaceful start to your Advent

Love Lizx