Monday, 3 December 2007

Advent Party At The House In The Woods

Over at Britt-Arnhild's House In The Woods, there was an Advent party on Saturday. The party was an invitation to all who wanted to let Advent be what it was meant to be ~ not Christmas in advance; but a period of waiting and preparation for the holiday to come. This banner was designed for Britt by Phyllis.

Britt opened her door to all who wished to join her and lit Advent candles to welcome us. Invitation required a word about how we would change the world to make it a better place this Advent and the hostess gift a Christmas book suggestion.

Whilst I did not manage to visit in person on the day; I did pop along to leave a book suggestion in advance. My suggestion was Heaven Scent by Julia Lawless. This book is a wonderfully festive collection of craft ideas that are intended to encourage creativity and imagination and to restore the true spirit of Christmas gifts. Unfortunately, I believe that this book is now out of print; though I was fortunate enough to locate a copy last year via abebooks. I had a quick look on their website this evening and it is still possible to find copies available.

I wish that I could claim that I have had time this year to make a collection of gifts inspired by this book, but I am sad to say that I have not. What I am doing is trying to avoid the commercialism of Christmas and to concentrate on what is important ~ spending time with family and friends. I hope that you will join me.