A number of blogs today have posts (of varying levels of profundity) about today being the start of Advent, and it being a time of watching and waiting. See for example, Cal (hmm, blogger isn’t letting me link to the specific post – it’s the 30th Nov one), Folkie and Tractor Girl. Also, rain writes about her grandmother’s tradition of collecting santas and how she has continued this now that she’s put her tree up after Thanksgiving.
So, just to lower the tone somewhat I thought I’d report on our Advent and what looks like it is going to become a Christmas tradition in our house. I already mentioned a few posts ago that we have the alpaca on the top of the tree and with the addition of Miss Lisa’s kookaburra from Tasmania we may well start adding critters from around the world to our tree. So that’s one tradition.
Last Christmas (just a few days before we got married) we were stuffed and bloated after lunch and wanting to be as relaxed as possible before the wedding madness started. One of the things we ended up doing was looking at the lolcats blog and we read pretty much every page (I think there were about 100 pages or so at that point) and howling with laughter. We’ve kept on reading it throughout this year, but yesterday when we got back from the shipmeet HD looked all sheepish and said “This might sound a bit silly, but …” and I couldn’t imagine what he was going to come out with. He continued ” … I think we ought to stop looking at icanhascheezburger.com for Advent.” I got it immediately – after Christmas lunch, we’ll have a mammoth lolcats (and loldogs) session, and it looks like that’s our next Christmas tradition sorted. We’re so spiritual 😀
(I’m hoping to write more profoundly about Advent and Christmas at some point, to rescue this blog from total absurdity).
In other news, another great google hit: “PhD rabbit in headlights”. Yup.