Ruth's Diary


I prefer Advent to Christmas. (Today is the first Sunday of Advent.) I realised that on Thursday at the choir rehearsal. You need way less decorations (just the Advent Ring, Advent Calendars and more candles if you want), you see wondrous decorations which brighten up your everyday schedule, work slackens-homework that is, I'm not old enough to experience paid work and the most important reason of all: the Advent Carols are nicer and less common than the Christmas Carols.

You see, Christmas Carols are only sung during that one special time every year, but everyone knows 'Silent Night', 'Away in a Manger', 'Once in Royal David's City', 'O Come all ye Faithful' and 'Ding Dong Merrily on High' like dirt. I can also add 'We Wish you a Merry Christmas' but 'Twelve Days of Christmas' is sung less these days. There are only 2 Advent Carols that many people know that I can think of: 'Gabriel's Message' and 'O Come o Come Emmanuel', but they still sound nice and haven't rubbed off on me.

In fact, remembering that Christmas when Dad played that CD 'A Medieval Christmas' I suddenly want a resurgeance of Medieval Christmas Carols. They'll breathe new life into the holiday, seriously. But that's hardly likely to happen, so I just want at least one forgotten carol to reappear. Let's see, what can I think of off the top of my head? 'Good King Wenceslas' 'Little Drummer Boy' (You know the one "pa rappa pum pum") 'I Saw Three Ships' 'God Rest You Merry Gentlemen'. Just singing one of those will make Christmas a bit more special for me. In the meantime, I'll enjoy Advent.

But I won't stop there: I have more news! June was trying to hurry me up in selling my first batch order of £50+ of Aloe Vera products and it finally looks like I'll do it by Christmas! I have orders for at least £28 worth (thank you Dennis for making 2 orders!).

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