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.’
The second Sunday in Advent went like this
‘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.’
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
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.