Advent calendar’s have a very special place in my life. When I was a child, I can remember almost every year my mom picking up a nativity scene advent calendar with numbers 1-24 randomly placed all over the picture. Each and every evening we would pause and search the picture over looking for the ‘day’ in order to pop open the correct number and read a brief verse of Scripture. Each number opened would bring us one day closer to Christmas Day. My wife and I introduced this tradition to our own children a few years ago and it remains (for the most part) a staple in the Lescalleet home as a part of our nightly ritual during the Christmas season.
Last year I decided to use my blog as a resource for an ‘On-Line’ Advent calendar. Not only did it help me to continue writing daily which is an ongoing difficulty for me but it was also a way to post what I love most about Christmas and the many themes that literally explode all around us between Thanksgiving and the New Year.
I had no idea that the simple entries would be so well received. But they were. Dozens of people each day sent personal messages and responses with added encouragement and their own additions to what I posted as a way of participating in the on-line calendar. So with that being said, the calendar continues once more!
Tomorrow, on day one of advent, I am blogging on something that made me curious. Most everyone knows the Hallelujah chorus in Handel’s Messiah. But part of the tradition when hearing a live performance of the Messiah is that when the famous chorus begins to play, everyone stands. Why do we do that? In other words, where did that tradition begin? Tomorrow with the start of the on-line advent calendar, we find out!