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I am one of those children for whom Advent calendars meant just one thing: chocolate – a daily dose ahead of a Christmas Day overdose.
I can’t remember if those calendars also had religious or secular words of wisdom, but I clearly recall the thrill of peeling back each dated window to reveal that day’s delicacy.
In adulthood there is probably no daily nugget which could reproduce the same kind of excited expectancy in the December run-up to Christmas. But given how frenetic those 25 days can be, perhaps a few pointers to a more spiritual approach can make this special time of year less stressful and more enjoyable…