It used to take years to get from one Christmas to another.
I don’t think it’s even been weeks since the last one.
But here we are counting down to this one with the first candle of advent having been lit.
The credit for the wreath goes to Jonell’s Florist in Oamaru who make me one each year.
Everyone has been different, all have been beautiful.
The first signs of Christmas approaching seem to happen earlier and earlier each year.
The sight of tinsel and sound of carols in October, or even September, used to irritate me now I just ignore them until very late November.
That coincides with the first Sunday of advent which is plenty early enough to start thinking about Christmas for me.
It’s still too soon to get a tree or put up decorations but one of our family traditions is an advent wreath.
We light the first candles on the first Sunday and one more on subsequent Sundays until Christmas day when all five are lit.
Whether or not you are a Christian, it is much better to ponder on hope, faith, joy, love and Christmas itself, which each of the candles signify, than the many other less inspiring meanings attached to the C word now.
Jonell from Jonell’s Florists, makes the wreath for us.
Although she’s been doing them for years now, every one has been different and all have been beautiful.