The first of the 'O Antiphons' leading up to Christmas Day will be sung tonight; O Sapienta
you can read more of this tradition at the ibenedictines blog here
O Sapientia, quæ ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiæ.
O Wisdom, you come forth from the mouth of the Most High. You fill the universe and hold all things together in a strong yet gentle manner: come to teach us the way of prudence.
Now I feel Christmas is really on the way!
I've made a to-do list for today;
Hoover the WHOLE house
Hang up the washing
Write at least 20 Christmas Cards
Wrap the presents that have already arrived
Tidy the table (after writing cards and wrapping presents
Book various appointments for registering my God-mother's death
Phone my father to sort out delivering Father Christmas and the Fox
It's going - fairly well. I've hung up the washing, had lunch, blogged, read the poem from the 'In the Bleak Midwinter' Advent book that the Fox is standing on, opened my Advent Calendar windows and consumed the contents, and melted up some suet and stale crackers to make bird feeder thingies - not sure how successful they will be.
So I can tick them all off the list - oh, hang on a moment, I will need to write them all on the list first...
I think I need to apply some 'strong and gentle wisdom' and manage the rest of the day with a little more prudence!