Well, folks, tomorrow marks the start of another great set of Advent Windows courtesy of the parishioners of St Alfege Church. For those of you who are new around here, it’s a great idea that started in Greenwich a few years ago, but which has now spread to other places across the land, where every day of advent a resident, business or community group ‘opens’ a special decorated window to celebrate another day of Advent.
As usual I’ll be putting a little reminder on this blog every day to tell you where to find that day’s window. There are often ‘unveiling’ events that you can go to too, which usually involve mulled wine and mince pies, so it’s worth trolling along. All windows stay decorated until Christmas and many people have started a new tradition of walking round all the windows as part of the post Christmas lunch exercise regime.
But before we start all the fun here, I’d like to show you something. Something that isn’t – heavens – actually in Greenwich.
This rather wonderful Christmas cornucopia is that of a dear friend of mine who lives near Brighton. There was a paper addition to last year’s display that caught my eye. Let’s look at it a little more closely:
That’s right. It’s an advent calendar created out of photos of the Advent Beach Huts, which are, in turn, inspired by Greenwich’s Advent Windows.
It’s a very fine calendar – and it makes me think – St Alfeges must have a wonderful collection of photos of previous years’ windows. I’d like to see a Greenwich Advent Windows Advent Calendar for next year – sold in aid of the church restoration fund, perhaps.
Well. I’d buy one.
In the meanwhile, two things you might like to see – the turning on of the Christmas lights in Greenwich market this afternoon – still going ahead, despite any strikes. The children’s procession starts at 4.00pm in the Old Royal Naval College, and arrives at the market at 4.30pm, where jolly characters from the panto and the mayor will lead celebrations.
There’s also the start of a special Greenwich Market in the grounds of St Alfege Church running throughout December - Saturdays – 10-530pm, Sundays – 11-530pm
And, of course, Advent wouldn’t be Advent without the obligatory Meridian School Christmas Cards desgined by Banx.
Happy Advent all!