It is only three weeks till Advent Sunday. So here's a heads-up about the Pause In Advent which will be starting then. I joined this back in 2009, when Floss was hosting it, and it is firmly a Christmas Tradition now.If you want to join in, read about it here. And do let me know if you'd like your posts to go on the list. I so love reading through people's thoughts about the Christmas season - whether or not they are 'faith-based'
And whatever beliefs we hold, it is always good to stop and take stock of things - particularly when the world around seems to be ever more manic than usual .
The Bible Society are also offering an Advent Challenge if you like that sort of thing .
This year I am also assembling a 'Reverse Advent Calendar'. Every day during November I am adding something to the carrier bag, so that on 1st December there will be 30 items which will go to our local foodbank. Some of the contents will be food I buy specifically, some is stuff which I already have in my pantry [but I cannot justify keeping a stack of tinned tomatoes, when some families have nothing] Here is my bag at the start of the month.
If you are doing this, remember to check your local Foodbank's requests. Ours has a glut of canned beans and don't want any more just yet. On the other hand, at this time of year, chocolates, and special treats are a lovely surprise for families.
I am really pleased that up in Norfolk, the Eastern Daily Press are promoting RACs across the county, giving ideas and listing collection points. Here's a helpful little graphic with some inspiration for items to put in the box.