A Month of Expectation

First published in the Mylander November 2015

Reverend Ray Gibbs encourages us to prepare for Christmas with an uplifted spirit.

'No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, no comfortable feel in any member - no shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, no fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds - November!'
Thomas Hood 1799 - 1845

We can be thankful not having the blanket of November smog descending upon London in Thomas Hood's day, smothering everything day after day.

I find November a month of expectation: beginning with the firework displays of the 5th, and nature beginning the process of battening down the hatches for the approaching winter, and then there is the hope of beating last year's total for the shoebox appeal: and then the countdown to Christmas begins with Advent Sunday. November is the time to put down the foundations for the Christmas season, and to talk about its importance, its impact, today and for two millennia, but as adults we seem so reluctant, so resistant, to talk about an event celebrated across the world by millions of people.

I would urge you all, as the end of November approaches, to capture and look at the world with the eyes and excitement of children, and let it build within you, and as the Christmas season comes to us, look for something within it that will lift your spirits, and not dampen you down like an old fashioned smog.

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