Advent – a web-based waiting…

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My kids have been putting in their requests for variously themed chocolate Advent Calendars – Star Wars, X-factor etc etc. The trouble is rather too many of us so called grown-ups seem to think that this is all that Advent is – a countdown to a party; a race to seek out Christmas gifts; a time for decking the halls with holly. Yet Advent is meant to be a time of waiting – a time for preparing, not for Christmas festivities, but for the coming of God. And actually when we think about it we do a lot of waiting, as the great Dr Seuss reminds us:

The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come,
or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or No….
(Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss)

Here are a few suggestions of how we might spend time waiting through Advent, products of what might be labelled the new web-based spirituality.

Of course chocolate could still feature in Advent, I’m not ruling that out at all. FairTrade, of course!