At the risk of being controversial, I'm not putting the decorations up this weekend, either!
(image from onedreamtravel.com)
I know that some people are decking the halls this weekend, and putting up the tree, and the lights have been switched on in towns and cities all over the country.
As a child, the tree went up on the Saturday before Christmas. And that seemed to be a widespread tradition in our little village back then.
Now, I know that half the windows in the street will be sporting a fully lit tree by Sunday night, and the scene will be set for the next five weeks or so. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
This is Advent.
A time of waiting, of preparation and of thoughtfulness. The celebration comes later!
I am thinking of the prophecies of the Old Testament, the pregnancies of Elizabeth and Mary, the long time that Anna and Simeon waited at the Temple, and the generations that the Israelites waited for their Messiah.
On the first Sunday in Advent, I am linking to Ang's Tracing Rainbows blog to hook up with the "Pause In Advent" theme.
(image taken from angalmond.blogspot.co.uk)