I remembered to light our Advent candle at tea tonight. This felt like an achievement. Had to relight it once I came back from the school Christmas Fayre, the school governors’ meeting and Carol Service choir rehearsal, as we’d had to extinguish it before it had burnt down to ‘1. Lord’. Over our meal we’d meditated on the Lordship of Christ, which was great, except when the Queen (aged ten going on somethingteen) was remarking on how boring this all was.
I did, however, forget to remind the kids to open their Advent calendars. Of course we didn’t have them in the morning. My children have to be hauled out of bed with only the slimmest margin of error for prompt arrival at the school gate. We have no slack built in for remembering or opening Advent calendars. So double windows tomorrow.
I’ve not even dug out our Jesse Tree yet. But I shall this weekend, and then we’ll have a bumper Jesse Tree session after Sunday lunch. If we have time before setting up for the Engineer’s birthday party. I’m glad the kids are doing one at school this year – the Vicar has a huge Jesse Tree in the school hall that he’s decorating in the assemblies this half term, and each classroom has one too.
This season of waiting seems rather too much of a season of flapping for me. My annual resolve to ‘sort everything out in November next year’ has gone unfulfilled. Perhaps it’s time for me to spend some more time meditating on the Lordship of Christ and singing along to Matthew’s Begats and Christmas Now is Drawing in, an album of folk carols by Sneak’s Noyse. One of my favourite carols on that album is ‘This is the Truth Sent From Above‘. I can’t find their version online, but here are the King’s Singers singing it slightly more formally with some verses missing, but pleasingly performing in the Round Church in Cambridge, where I used to be a member.