I have to remind myself that we are now in Advent, that lead up to Christmas, the great festival that marks that time of year when everything starts to get better. Whether you call it Christmas, Yule, Hanukah, Diwali, or what ever, this is the park of the year when we have the shortest day and the longest night. When little is growing, stocks would traditionally have been running low, when we spend too much time indoors trying to keep warm, and when we go out we get cold and wet. After the Solstice the days start to get longer, warmth starts to return to the world, we have our hope of spring summer and harvest confirmed. We know that we have better times to look forward to, this is what we are celebrating, the times to come. That's why the Christian Church attached Christmas to this ancient festival. Christmas marking time when Christ was born is the time when as Christians we know that things are going to get better, we have Christ's ministry, His Passion, His Resurrection and His promise of victory all to look forward to. It is when we celebrate God fulfilling His promise of love. Of course for others it's just an excuse for a party! Given that it's already the 3rd December obviously I won't be doing my Advent Calendar this year, hopefully I might be able to make a few seasonal observations, but no promises!
I feel as though I am just adding to the list of things I need to do
- Listen to more music
- Do some tuba practise
- Tidy flat
- Repair car
- Do some trombone practise
- Go to the gym more/ get fit!
The interesting thing is that nowhere on my personal list is there any room for work, other than my need for an income. I think I am getting very close to the point when it's time to retire, then I will have more time for some fun things, if I can remember what they are!