It’s a free week … so my mind is in overdrive what I can come up with today for you to read!
This was my first attempt: November 25 is the 329th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 36 days remaining until the end of the year.
Not sure whether that would make you come back next week, though 😉
So I went to have a cup of tea and got distracted by having to go down the streets to get some shopping done. It was ridiculously busy and an eerie reminder that the “crazy” season has started. Ack!
With that in mind I’m sitting here again, thinking Christmas is approaching at a rapid speed.
This Sunday is the first of Advent! I love the tradition of having a small advent wreath with four candles. It’s on my to-do-list as it hasn’t been done yet. Shame on me. The following week is the Day of St Nicholas. When I was a kid we placed a sock or shoe outside the door on the eve of St Nikolaus Day, expecting him to bring lollies or even a small present. I remember telling about St Nikolaus to a Prep class up in Brisbane years and years ago. A little boy replied, “No wonder Santa hasn’t got any presents left by the time he gets to Australia.” It made me laugh. In North America, the popular name Santa Claus was taken from the Dutch Sinterklaas, which originated with a contracted form of Sint Nicolaas (Saint Nicholas). And the “Santa” as we know him nowadays is connected to Coca-Cola indeed. From memory, the red/white suit was used for some advertising during the 1930s.
And then it’s not long to go until Christmas. Yes, it does give me a small shiver, because I’m so not organised, it kind of freaks me out. Chaos is a foreign word in my daily life … except for the Christmas Season. Last year I did a Christmas Program on Radio and had about twenty interesting facts about this time of the year, but as I said – chaos … I can’t find my piece of paper.
From memory though, here’s what I remember: The word “Christmas” comes from the Old English name “Christes Maesse,” which means “Christ’s Mass.” But more interestingly, because I had always thought that came from the laziness of people: The common abbreviation of Christmas to “Xmas” is derived from the Greek alphabet. “Chi,” the first letter of Christ’s name in the Greek alphabet, is written as “X.”. Go figure!
Are you prepared for the Christmas season?