Why & how I appreciate Advent

(This post was originally published in 2013 and appears here with minor revisions.) I look forward to Advent every year. I actually look forward to rummaging through the candle drawer for the little purple votives (and I know there’s a pink in there somewhere). I like putting a purple-beribboned wreath on the front door, even… Read More Why & how I appreciate Advent

Advent – hold the Christmas carols

It’s Advent, the beginning of the liturgical year, penitential and contemplative in tone as befits preparation for a great feast. It’s a blessed relief from any number of things. I enter it this year sick at heart due to some recent events, ready for a time of prayer and quiet and humility and renewal. Keep… Read More Advent – hold the Christmas carols

The mugs of Advent: plan for some fun

Readers who observe Advent, I have a little fun-and-games planned. Readers who don’t observe the season, please indulge me. So the mermaid-coffee people have red cups for this month and next. The cups aren’t Christmas-specific. So what? Has anyone noticed that we haven’t even gotten to Thanksgiving yet? And poor Advent gets no respect at… Read More The mugs of Advent: plan for some fun

Welcoming Advent, with arms wide open

(This post was originally published in 2013 and appears here with minor revisions.) I look forward to Advent every year. I actually look forward to rummaging through the candle drawer for the little purple votives (and I know there’s a pink in there somewhere). I like putting a purple-beribboned wreath on the front door, even… Read More Welcoming Advent, with arms wide open

Hello, Advent. I’ve missed you.

I look forward to Advent every year. I actually look forward to rummaging through the candle drawer for the little purple votives (and I know there’s a pink in there somewhere). I like putting a purple-beribboned wreath on the front door, even when it’s a premade bow from the craft store tacked on to artificial… Read More Hello, Advent. I’ve missed you.