Adventures

Like many bloggers this year, I am looking at Christmas through the lens of Advent.  For me,  it  is a way to salvage some of the sweetness of the holy season, as well as a way to ease the despair which often engulfs me at this time of year.

For daily Advent reading, I am following  Kerry’s Advent My Way https://lovethosehandsathome.wordpress.com/2016/12/10/advent-my-way-10/.  My own Advent story happens each Sunday. It involves fresh flowers and a reading.

Here’s how it looks so far.

For the first Sunday in Advent, the reading was a quote from

“Into the Darkest Hour,” by Madeleine L’Engle

‘It was a time like this,
War & tumult of war,
a horror in the air.
Hungry yawned the abyss —
and yet there came the star
and the child most wonderfully there.’

First Sunday in Advent

First Sunday in Advent

The second Sunday in Advent went like this

“After Annunciation”

‘This is the irrational season
When love blooms bright and wild.
Had Mary been filled with reason
There’d have been no room for the child.’
—Madeleine L’Engle

Second Sunday in Advent

Second Sunday in Advent

For this third Sunday in Advent  I chose an excerpt from “Christmas Bells”, written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow during the American Civil War.

‘  And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” ‘http://www.potw.org/archive/potw118.html

 

Third Sunday in Advent

Third Sunday in Advent

After the second Sunday in Advent, I felt spirited enough to set up a nativity scene, and make a Christmas tree with favourite books and ornaments. I had fun.

Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree

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103 thoughts on “Adventures

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      It was so much fun to make, Brenda. I am sure it could be adapted to other occasions. Hope you are enjoying a lovely summer. We had our first snow yesterday. You would have smiled at the amount…..about an 1/8 of an inch settled on the ground. It may well be all the snow we get this winter.

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        1. Brenda Davis Harsham

          🙂 I looked at the article. Brr! I’m sitting here next to an open window listening to birds. The world is so huge that summer and winter can exist at the same time. It boggles the mind.

        2. Gallivanta Post author

          And it has taken me so long to reply to you that it is already spring here again. Wonder of wonders. 🙂 I am thinking of your leaves starting to dress up in fall colours.

  1. LucyJartz

    The wreaths are lovely and I am enjoying them with the quotes again, out of season. Thank you for posting the touching and the beautiful.

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  2. J.D. Riso

    Those wreaths are so gorgeous. I’m sorry that this time of year makes you feel despair. It’s not my favorite time, either, but it’s mainly indifference that I feel. Hope you were able to feel some light.

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  3. Sheryl

    Beautiful . . . the floral Advent wreathes are lovely. Until I saw this post, I never thought about how the differences in seasons across the hemispheres affects the materials that are used to make Advent wreathes.

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  4. Tiny

    A beautiful approach to the approaching Christmas. The readings and the flower “nests” (I seem to observe much through the lens of birds now) are wonderful. And your Christmas tree is the most creative I’ve seen!

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  6. Liz

    I adore Madeleine L’Engle’s writing. And thank you for such lovely flowers – a wonderful thing to share with us all for Advent. x

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  7. Kate Johnston

    Love how you’re finding a special way to celebrate the season amongst worldwide strife and personal distress. The flowers are lovely–we don’t get to see such soft pinks and lavenders where I’m from at this time of year! 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      To misquote…”Christmas is a many-splendored thing.” I feel privileged that I have celebrated Christmas in many different countries. The environment and the outward trimmings may change, but there is always love….that is the same all over the world. Enjoy your celebrations in whatever colours they come. 🙂

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  8. Su Leslie

    Beautiful flowers, wonderful Xmas tree. I share your thoughts and fears and general loathing of the commercialisation of Christmas. Even my teenage son is fed up with it and asking that we celebrate Christmas simply and with love not $$s. Wishing you a peaceful and love-filled Xmas and wishing (without a lot of hope) for peace in the new year.

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  9. utesmile

    Love your beautiful weekly flowers and your readings. But best I like your innovative Christmas tree. What an amazing idea and how great it looks. It is good to do something different and fun.Yes every year we pray for peace in the world and every year it is the same story. Sad but we mustn’t give up hoping and praying for world peace.

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  10. shoreacres

    What a lovely post. And I smiled to see that in another way we’ve been drawn to similar themes. Last year, I ran out of Advent and Christmas time before posting “Mr. Longfellow’s Christmas,” but this year, I believe I can fit it in. His poem is a fine one, and rather bracing in the end.

    Your paper chains brought back so many memories: not only of the paper chains we made, but also of the strung popcorn and cranberries, and paper snowflakes. And of course, there were the bells, made of tin foil shaped over thimbles. It was tin foil, too — not aluminum foil. Of course, I still remember real lighted candles in girls’ hair for Sankta Lucia, and real candles on a tree. They disappeared soon after I appeared, because of the danger, but a lighted candle still, for me, is the best Christmas decoration.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Oh, I do hope you fit in Mr Longfellow’s Christmas. I would love to read your perspective on the subject. I must confess I was a bit naughty leaving out the last verse of Longfellow’s poem because it is the verse which contains the hopeful essence of the story. As for paper chains, I loved making them as a child, and still do. I wasn’t ever quite as successful at popcorn chains.Do you remember the Five Little Peppers by Margaret Sidney? I was always fascinated by the story of their Christmas preparations. On another note; blogger Cynthia Reyes, gave me a link to an Advent resource. In it I found an early recording of Chris Bruerton of the King’s Singers. http://www.classical-music.com/article/7-december-christchurch-new-zealand Light a candle and enjoy. 🙂

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  11. restlessjo

    Your impromptu tree looks lovely, Ann! Creativity shining brightly beneath your star 🙂 And the wreaths, so lovely! Life could be so beautiful, if we would only let it. Wishing you the most joyous advent. 🙂 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Glad you like my impromptu tree, Jo. I did some impromptu Christmas shopping today; looking for some little gifts to donate to children who are in hospital this Christmas. I actually enjoyed myself, which surprised me. The Advent/Christmas spirit must be starting to work in me. 🙂

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  12. melissabluefineart

    Your post filled a hole I was feeling this Advent Season. Well, not just this one. My kids are grown and cynical a bit, and we all grew quite disenchanted by church. And the tree you created-! It is wonderful. I am inspired. Thank you for this.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Melissa, the hole is often very deep for me at Christmas. I am so glad to be surrounded by friends, like yourself, who prevent me from falling in! Is it that support which turns holey into holy? 😉

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  13. KerryCan

    The flowers are gorgeous, the Christmas book tree is fab . . . but this week’s poem fragment makes it seem that you’re pretty sad. This year, the weight of the world is hard to escape, isn’t it? I hope you find hope . . .

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          When I was a child, I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis. The feeling of teetering on the edge of an abyss was how I felt then at the age of about 5. I feel that way now but, as an adult, I can sometimes keep the feeling at bay. Ah, well, I will lift the weight with some beautiful music. 🙂

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Sadly true, GP. But still, generation after generation, people retain this amazing hope, or belief, that peace is possible. Sometimes their hope is fulfilled; I am thinking of the Colombian peace agreement which may finally put an end to 52 years of conflict.

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  14. Mél@nie

    lovely & amazing, impressive & heartfelt post… ❤ my very best, have a serene week ahead & friendly hugs…
    * * *
    from me to you: Native American wisdom and common sense… 🙂

    spread your invisible wings and teach yourself just how amazingly high you can fly… love me without fear, trust me without questioning, need me without demanding, want me without restrictions, accept me without change, desire me without inhibitions – for a LOVE so free will never fly away…

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you, Cynthia. I am searching for the sacred and the holy, so I am glad you can feel that in my post. I am blessed by the link you sent. Beautiful music to dip into as I make my way through the day (and night).

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Yes, I did. It was so exciting, and lovely to listen to the old recording of Chris Bruerton. I played it to my daughter over the phone. because for some years she was in a small choir with him which used to perform at the Cathedral and elsewhere. She was delighted with the recording.

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Peace to you, Ineke. As my years add up, I find it harder and harder to cope with the noise and buzz of a commercial Christmas. All I want is peace. I am sure Mary and Joseph wanted peace, too, after their journey to Bethlehem.

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  15. Eileen

    Wonderful. The readings are very meaningful and helped me get a perspective on our present times. The flowers are truly lovely. Thanks so much for such a lift in Spirit.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Yes, Eileen, it helps me to remember that in global and/or national terms, this is not the worst Christmas/time ever, nor will it ever be. And, for the most part, whatever happens around us, we tend to muddle through. I am glad my Adventures have given you a lift in Spirit.

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  16. cindy knoke

    I am so confused. I made a comment and it seems to have disappeared. If it appears twice, please delete the redundancy.
    Madeleine L’Engle’s ‘Wrinkle in Time’ series opened my mind in elementary school. I got to spend summer school reading her and it such a wonderful memory. Thank you for reminding me why. She remains one of my most favorites.
    Your flower arrangements are so lovely. Third Sunday in Advent is my favorite with the echoed reflections of the flowers, the tile and the watercolor. Lovely!
    Love to you my friend during Advent and always.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Cindy, I was introduced to a Wrinkle in Time via my daughter’s elementary school reading list. I loved it. Until recently I had no idea that Madeleine L’Engle also wrote poetry.( Always so much more to learn than I have time for. :)) Glad you like the Advent flowers. This past week has been full of tension and too much colour, so I wanted the Third Sunday in Advent flowers to be calm and restful. By the way, only one comment came through.

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    2. Clanmother

      Thank you, Gallivanta for the extraordinary advent celebrations, which call us to be ever mindful of hope and courage even during the darkness. I agree with Cindy, Madeleine L’Engle’s, “Wrinkle in Time,” was an inflection point for me. “Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.” – Mrs. Whatsit.

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