I am taking part in "Pause in Advent" that is an idea from a fellow blogger Floss who lives in France, the idea is to share thoughts, traditions, ideas, crafts and experiences relating to Advent and the preparation for Christmas.
Floss has done a very clever post today which really made me think, to read it click on the pause in Advent picture to the right and see what you think.
I don't think I can compete with Floss but here are my thoughts about Advent.
Advent is still a special time for me and always feels like a time expectation, anticipation and hope. Christmas is such a lovely celebration in the midst of such dark Winter months.
The beginning of Advent is when the preparations for Christmas really begin - the festive menu is planned (although does not really deviate from the traditional), gifts are made (time permitting) and wrapped, carols sung, cards are written and the house decorated ( we do seem to be one of the last households to put up our tree though, the weekend before is when we put ours up, if it wasn't for the children, the romantic in me would put it up on Christmas Eve).