Advent conspiracy 28: Christmas eve…

And so the advent journey comes towards its apotheosis. Thankyou to those who have made the journey with us.

We have not put up a tree this year…untill today.

It will not be a traditional spruce, we will follow a recent tradition of choosing some bare branches from a birch or willow the woods at the bottom of our garden. Emily is always a little disparaging, calling it our ‘twig’, but I love it for several reasons.

I love the fact that we are bringing something inside the house from just outside.

I love the fact that no tree has died to make our Christmas celebration more decorative. Birch and willow adapted to the activities of large herbivores, mostly not here any more- the giant elk and the hairy elephants that tore through these parts when the woods were wild. removing a few branches just encourage these trees to coppice.

I love that we are doing this on Christmas eve, to mark both the first incarnation (creation) and the second one in the form of Emmanuel.

I love too that this is a tree in winter, without leaves, but with tiny buds. It is a tree that reminds me that what is now dark will find the light once more.

Everything was created through him;
    nothing—not one thing!—
    came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
    and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
    the darkness couldn’t put it out.

John chapter 1, from the message

A couple of days ago, I tried to describe the first incarnation as the Great Becoming, starting with the great explosion of love that was the Big Bang.

Perhaps we might describe this second incarnation as the Great Compassion, in which what was zoomed out was now zoomed right in. What was distant was now near. What was heavenly was now human.

On this Christmas eve, it is appropriate to allow space for wonder.

It is appropriate to speak of this great mystery that we call God.

Let’s hold those around us whilst we do it.

1 thought on “Advent conspiracy 28: Christmas eve…

  1. Wow! We did the same thing this year! Yours looks amazing. Thank you for this advent series – there is indeed a joy in the journey. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and hugging you across the miles. Wishing you blessings for life from the one who blessed us with life. Christmas wishes and happy advent – something good is always coming.

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