Having signed up for this I am for once at loss for what to type. I guess Advent means different things to different people. For those who are religious it is the start of the countdown to the celebration of the birth of Jesus, for small children it means chocolate, for parents it means the panic to get presents bought, wrapped and hidden - for me, ummmmmmmmm never given it much thought before. I suppose its the start of the countdown to one of my favourite times of year - mainly because it means we are together as a family - no school or work to seperate us.
Today we headed to the next town for their christmas lights switch on. Little son has been playing a baritone for almost a year and he was playing with a small group from his school. They did very well and received lots of praise from people watching them. (BTW he does normally play it properly - he was just hiding from the camera!!).
The weather tried its hardest to put us off going - we did get wet watching the children play. However the sun fought and eventually won. We were treated to a beautiful rainbow;
Once little son had finished playing we popped into the fish & chip shop and left with bags of hot chips smoothered in vinegar :)
We had some time to look round the stalls and shops before we watched more the afternoons entertainment - a brilliant pipe & drum band;
and also Mr VV's brass band
Finally as the afternoon drew to an end, the person most of the younger people in the crowd were waiting for arrived - Father Christmas
He went off to his grotto accompanied by his elves were he was giving out presents to all the children. He returned to the stage later where he was one of several people who pushed the plunger and switched the lights on (no picture - my battery died!!)
Right wish me luck - am heading Christmas shopping tomorrow with MrVV - one list has been written and we shall not be returning home until we've got everything!!