This year I have seen a number of postings on Facebook about "A Reverse Advent Calendar". What you do is build your own Advent Box - 'Add to Advent'. Instead of taking chocolate 'out' of a calendar you put one item of non-perishable food 'in' a box each day. At Christmas the full box can go to the Foodbank as they try to ensure no one goes hungry this Christmas. I started to do it and at the side also have another box to which I am adding a chocolate treat - everyone needs something a little special especially at Christmas.
I decdied that it was something I could challenge some of the students to do at school as well - if each person in the tutor group brings something we have a full box which we can then take to the Foodbank and help people in our community. So in my Assembly on Friday that's what I did to the Sixth Form and knowing them I feel pretty sure they will respond in a very positive way. Next week I have three Assemblies with the younger students and I shall give them the same challenge. School is not just about thinking inwardly it's about being fully part of our community. So hopefully people will see that we care.
How is Advent impacting you this year?
Is it just the rush and pressure of getting ready for Christmas or is it a time of reflection on the coming of our Saviour and what He might He want us to do at Advent?
Perhaps we just need to stop a moment and think how we can make a diffence.