Advent Windows 2009

Blimey – is it that time already? I haven’t even dusted off the Blue Peter Advent Crown yet…

You know the drill by now folks – a different window in the Parish of St Alfeges Church is decorated and ‘revealed’ every day up to Christmas. Some are private homes, others in shops or businesses and they range from the utterly fantastic (there was one in Nelson road last year made of white cones of paper that was fabulous – though sadly unlit at night – it would have been amazing to see it lit up) to the what-on-earth-did-I-agree-to-that-for last-minute job that’s a bit disappointing (no names there, to protect the guilty…)

The ones I like best are by far the private homes – like the one above – the frankly creepy but brilliant window in St Alfege Passage in 2007, which remains my favourite of all time – I was very disappointed they didn’t do one last year…

What’s it going to be like this year? Who can tell – but the idea has been wheeled out across the country – my faves are the ultra-trendy Brighton Beach huts though a little closer to home I believe there will be some in Brockley this year. Sadly because I don’t live within the Parish boundaries, there won’t be a special Phantom window…

The theme this year in Greenwich is Cast Away The Dreams Of Darkness and I’ll be telling you where to find each day’s advent window here. If you can’t wait, though, you can find the map and listings here.

Perhaps appropriately, the first window will open this morning at 11.00am at the tourist information centre in Church Street. They’ll be serving mince pies and mulled wine all day – so get on down there and start getting festive…


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