In the run-up to Christmas, with all the pressure to get ready for the festive season, the period of Advent can sometimes get squeezed out or obscured. Yet it is an important time of quiet waiting. Waiting for the light of Christmas, with its renewed promise of a presence of Love at work in the world. Waiting for the dark of Winter to pass and the first signs of renewal and growth to arrive. On the way there is the Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, which this year began at sunset today; and on December 21st, the Winter Solstice, which marks the shortest day of the year and in some traditions is seen as the beginning of a New Year.
The traditional Advent Calendar has a picture for every December day up to the 24th, reminders of what it is we are waiting for, although these days the calendar is more likely to contain chocolate! This year I've decided to offer you a Knitted Advent Calendar. I hope you will appreciate taking a moment of stillness each day to enjoy the pictures and to celebrate this special time.
DECEMBER 1st - Winter is Here!