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The Alternative Advent Calendar

  • Posted on December 25, 2018 at 12:02 am

Alt, Advent Cal. 25Merry Midwinter’s countdown to Christmas with a difference!


Advent calendars usually only have 24 doors, ending on Christmas Eve. But as the Merry Midwinter calendar has in no way resembled an ordinary advent calendar so far, I thought that an extra door would be appropriate.

This is a door which I want you to open literally. It is the door to your home… your own front door. Step outside it. Take some deep breaths. If anyone is walking past, smile and call a seasonal greeting to them. If anyone is driving past, smile and give them a cheery wave. Look around you. Notice the buildings, the trees, the plants, birds and animals. Know that you are connected to them all. Know, too, that in some measure you are also responsible for them all. They are a part of you and you are a part of them. Nothing is isolated or separate in this world – this is an illusion which humanity has built up around itself out of fear or a feeling of superiority. Give to ALL your appreciation and thanks on this very special and blessed day.

Think back over some of the things which you have done this past twentyfour days. Did you find them easy… difficult.. challenging… satisfying… heartwarming, …distressing… enjoyable? What do you think the effects of your endeavours might have been? Was it worth it? (Although you can never really tell exactly what effect your actions may have had on others.) How do you feel about your Advent activities now? How have they madeĀ you feel?

It was suggested that you did these little acts of thoughtfulness and kindness for the community around you in the run up to our very special Midwinter celebrations to help you get into the spirit of things. But why stop doing this sort of thing now, just because we have reached the 25th December? Does a certain date mean that we can forget to be kind, to take care, to be involved and actively concerned, to show our love?

When you return inside, I would like you to open another door… an extremely special and unique door – the door to your heart.

A very merry Christmas to you all, with my love.