The Advent Calendar by Geoff Le Pard | Advent 2018 Day 3

The Advent Calendar

By Geoff Le Pard

‘What is it, Mum?’ Emily Smith, fourteen, looked up from her book.

Gilly, her mother, said, ‘A parcel from Uncle Augustus.’

‘Who is Uncle Augustus?’

‘I don’t really know. Someone on your father’s side. Do you remember the man you said looked like Gandalf? At Ben’s funeral?’

Emily nodded. She had wanted to speak to him, but there hadn’t been a chance on that awful day.

Gilly went on, ‘He said he’d be in touch with a little something.’ She pulled open the letter attached to the parcel.

‘What’s he say, Mum?’

Dear Both. I’m so sorry to miss you this Christmas,but I’ve had this curio for a while, waiting for the right home. Perhaps Emily can find out its secrets.

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Chocolate Countdown by Tara Paray | Advent 2018 Day 1

Chocolate Countdown By Tara Paray As this Advent Calendar blog series gets underway (again! — yay!) and Advent for Christians starts tomorrow, I’m beginning my countdown today with a very special calendar. I’ve had Advent calendars made of paper with little date windows you open. I’ve also had the kind that hang on the wall, felt or some other fabric, with tiny dated pockets a … Continue reading Chocolate Countdown by Tara Paray | Advent 2018 Day 1

The 4th Edition of the Advent Calendar Needs You!

One month until Christmas

It is the 25th of November! And you know that means that in a month from now you’ll be stuffed with nice food, will have gift wrap torn to pieces all over the place (or neatly folded in a corner of the room), you’ll have piles of books and toys and things you have no use for and don’t much like either piling up in your living room (or maybe not as people know your tastes). 

But for now, we are not there yet. Those who celebrated Thanksgiving feeling a bit rounder after the endless feasting (definitely not fasting) over the weekend. Wallets are lighter after Black Friday sales, which have come to countries where before no one knew this event. Last year still there were only a few shops that had BF offers, this year almost every business was participating. On the Champs Elysee, the Christmas Decorations were turned on on Thursday (only to be mistreated in yesterday’s protests, more on that soon…). 

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Christmas is nearing!

It’s Christmas!

Well not quite yet. But in two months it will be Christmas. In two months from now, you’ll be sitting quite full next to a big pile of presents, not quite recalling who gifted you what and not knowing what you are going to do with all that stuff… Or maybe you are feasting with your loved ones, helping in a soup kitchen or you are trying to hide from all this Christmas cheer by travelling to a non-Christian country. Maybe you are skiing or slurping cocktails on a beach. Maybe you won’t even be realising that it is Christmas, or you might already trying to figure out how to sweeten your wait till the next one.

Speaking of sweetening the wait until Christmas, I have a big, very big announcement to make.

Drumroll…

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