Advent starts tonight as darkness falls. Saturday Evensong is the first of Advent. Tomorrow is Advent Sunday when we light the first candle on the wreath.
But it’s not Christmas.
However, it could be the start of a Slow Christmas as we try to live out the lovely special days and significant steps of Advent so that the Christmas Day feast is more appreciated when it comes.
Advent is a time for thinking both about the birth of Christ which will be celebrated at the climax and the coming of Christ again.
Christmas cannot be cancelled by isolation due to the virus. Christian prisoners during the Second World War or people held in Soviet camps counted the days and kept Christmas in their hearts with joy when the day came.
**There is a live stream from Winchester Cathedral at 5.30pm today Saturday for Advent carols.