Advent Begins: Countdown to Christmas – 1 December 2011

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ETERNAL FLAME_Christmas still seems a long way off.

Unbelievably, it’s the first day of the last month of the year, which means that Christmas is just around the corner. As ever, we’ve an Advent candle and a chocolate Advent calendar in the kitchen, and my 22-year-old brother Matthew has his own Lego calendar in his room.

NEVER TOO OLD_My 22-year-old brother will be excitedly counting down the days to 25 December with a Lego model each day.

This first part of the month is traditionally filled with Christmas concerts, with a shift towards the singing of carols (often by romantic candlelight) as the number of days-to-go reduces to single-figures. For me, though, there’s still a huge amount of schoolwork to do, with multiple controlled assessments to complete and mock-exams in most subjects in the last week of term. As for Christmas shopping? It hasn’t even crossed my mind!

Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a 21-year-old from Maidenhead in Berkshire. He is now two-thirds of the way through his Journalism Studies degree at the University of Sheffield. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, going to the theatre, and writing about himself in the third-person.