Monday, December 13, 2010

Advent--Crazy Holiday Blogfest

I'm not sure if it's an actual holiday but I think my favorite holiday of the year would have to be Advent. In fact, I love it so much I'm hosting a contest for it here.

I could tell you that I love advent because the entire church is decorated in pink and purple. While the readings can be ominous the music is upbeat. I could tell you I love Advent because it is the one time of the year I can push my entire home into a blur of pink and purple without listening to my husband complain. All of this would be true. But the thing I really love about Advent is the anticipation--the anxiously waiting. The way the story unfolds.

Most holidays last a day. They are the event. Family comes or family leaves. There are customs to be shuffled through without ever wondering why the became customs in the first place. We get through the day. It ends. It's over until next year, because, well, tomorrow is just another day. But Advent is not the event. It's the coming of an event. It's the preparation for the event. It's the well manicured tension of a complex plot building to a climax. It's a month long. Each week a new candle lit until it unfolds, dissovles. Advent fades into Christmas, the climax. In a lot of ways Advent is a writer's dream holiday not only blanketed in often beautiful language but color and ceremony.

11 comments:

  1. Interesting post on Christmas! It's true that Advent lasts longer than other holidays--that's the great thing about it!

    Enjoyed reading your blogfest entry. :)

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  2. Great post. I've always enjoyed Advent more than the actual day of Christmas, too. There's so much more to it than the world realizes. Beautifully written. :)

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  3. You brought back childhood memories. Nicely written and I'm happy to meet you too.
    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

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  4. You are so right about the Advent. I think that when people say they like Christmas, they also mean the Advent, the days leading up to the event.

    Vanessa & Avalon
    http://vanessa-morgan.blogspot.com
    http://avalon-lion.blogspot.com

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  5. Great post and I hope your Advent is a happy one. Thanks for sharing!! :D

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  6. you've described this beautifully!

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  7. Agreed, this is described beautifully. The waiting is what makes everything so magical!

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  8. Hi,

    Beautiful description in reflections and frisson of a happy and engaging time of year.

    best
    F

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  9. Thank you for participating. Great description. I really enjoyed this and thanks for sharing. I would agree this is a wonderful time of year.
    Have a great day!

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