Live Advent Calendar

If this isn’t the sweetest, cute-as-a-button-est, non-tacky Christmas idea you have heard in years, I want to know about the one that tops it…

Between the 1st and 24th December, 24 of the good parishioners of St Alfege’s Church will be taking it in turns to open their curtains, revealing a festive surprise tableau to create a ‘live’ advent calendar. As each day arrives one more will be added to the number until there is a complete ‘trail’ of beautifully decorated scenes throughout Greenwich. I’m hoping they then do an organised walk on Christmas Eve with lots of carols and mince pies, but that’s just soppy old me.

I will be joining in (sadly not with my own gaff – I’m outside the parish boundaries) by telling you on this blog each day where to find that day’s surprise window. They will also create a PDF file so that you will have a little map of the trail once all the windows are open.

I can see this becoming a really lovely tradition – and in years to come perhaps even a little friendly rivalry between windows to see who can get the best display. Bring it on, I say – all the more fun for the rest of us. The displays will remain until Twelfth Night.

There are one or two window ‘spaces’ left so if you fancy joining in (I will be jealous – I would definitely have done this) check this map for the Parish Boundaries to make sure you’re inside them, then give me a shout and I’ll pass your name onto the people that are organising it. I don’t think you need to be particularly religious (or even at all) to join in (don’t quote me on that) – just be full of Festive Cheer. There is a theme of “Darkness into Light” – but let’s face it – that can mean practically anything – just use your imagination. If you’re stuck for ideas, I’m sure we can help. Personally I don’t think you can go wrong with a LOT of fairy lights…

Isn’t this just a great thing – for kiddies and phantoms alike?


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