Advent Begins: Countdown to Christmas – 1 December 2011
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.
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!