Thursday, 1 December 2011


N.B. All of the following 24 blogs are because I am reading ‘Do Nothing, Christmas Is Coming’ by Stephen Cottrell, ‘an advent calendar with a difference.’

Firstly I must apologise for my extreme lack of blogging this year. There are a number of reasons for this: I have discovered twitter, I am doing a degree, and I no longer have the internet at home. That and I may have just run out of interesting things to say. Anyway, I doubt any of you are that bothered, so I’ll finish the excuses there.

So it’s the first of December, and every where children and young people are scoffing their way through the first day (plus a few!) of their advent calendars, while parents come to a shock reality that it’s only 24 days till ‘C-Day’. I remember when I was younger my Mum used to make our advent calendars in little cotton bags – and each year we were given a different coloured used to tie the bags. The bags would hang randomly around the dado rail in the hall-way and each day we would have to search for the right number, and then perform some kind of balancing circus trick in order to retrieve them. We would all get something different, but Mum would always ensure that everyone got the same amount of stuff over the 24 days. It probably took lot s of organising: Thanks Mum. J

Nowadays I don’t have an advent calendar. In fact most years the 1st December comes and goes and it’s only when it hits around the 18th December that I realise that Christmas is just around the corner. Cottrell says there are 4 stages of Christmas:
1. You believe in Father Christmas.
2. You don’t believe in Father Christmas.
3. You are Father Christmas.
4. You look like Father Christmas.  (I guess this only applies to men….)

I guess I have been at stage 2 for at least 14 years, and will probably continue to be so for a while yet. This year, I am looking forward to Christmas, or at least Christmas being over with. This year has been a long one for many reasons, and I’m ready for it to be over now. 2011 was supposed to be so full of hope. It was supposed to be full of opportunities. It was supposed to be the year when everything started to fall into place. I’m not sure if I’m giving up too early but I don’t think it delivered. Maybe I just expected too much too soon.

Anyway, DNCIC gives a few recommendations every day of things to help you to stop, calm down and remember the ‘reason for the season.’ (I’ll list them at the end of every blog.) Anyway, TODAY:

·    Write a Christmas wish list – not things you want to consume or purchase, but things to believe in, things to hope for.
·   Prune your Christmas card list.
·   At least make sure it is Charity cards you buy.
·   Don’t write: ‘Must see you this year’ on your cards unless you actually mean it. And if you don’t mean it, why are you sending this card at all?
·   Help save the planet and send an email-card, and then a note about which charity the money saved has been sent to.
·   And with all the time you’ve saved, put your feet up for an hour!

Why is Christmas like a day at the office? You do all the work and the fat guy in the suit gets all the credit.” Ogden Nash.
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