Although the first of December isn't until tomorrow, today is the first Sunday of Advent.
Today we light the first of our four Advent candles. We will continue to light one candle each Sunday until Christmas and on Christmas Day we will light the fifth candle.
To me, Advent means many things. It is of course the coming of Christmas, but it is a time to reflect and to think about what Christmas really means to me.
Lighting these candles gives time for contemplation and prayer. I have much to pray for this year and much to be thankful for too. I will also be thinking about where I have been, where I am going and where I want to be. In this time of preparation, it is also a good time to do some thinking about the broader things in life too.
Of course tomorrow being December 1st means that I can have a piece of chocolate every day before breakfast with no guilt at all - just another thing to be glad about!
p.s. the observant among you will notice that these are my candles from last year, I wrote this in advance as I won't light this years candles until the end of the day today!.