Okay, I lied. I don't have the time, energy or resources to give you the whole of Advent-by-numbers, so here's a sample of an Advent Week in a vicarage...
PEOPLE Guests (different people): 30 Recurring guests (including multiple visits): 44 Parties hosted in home: 2 Parties attended: 3 Carol services attended: 1 Overnight guests: 4 Unexpected overnight guests (: 1 Names forgotten: 3 Level of proficiency at small talk reached: 7.5 Introvert meltdowns occurred: 3.85
FOOD (majority approximate) Gingerbread houses made: 1 Mini-quiche made: 50 Cups of tea made (personally): 39 Cups of tea made (collectively): 100+ Cups of tea consumed (personally): 21 Cups of tea consumed (collectively): 100+ kg of chocolate consumed: >3 Bottles of mulled wine consumed (parishionally): 21 Litres of mulled apple juice consumed (parishionally): 8 Mince pies consumed (personally): 0 Mince pies consumed (collectively): 40 Mince pies consumed (parishionally): 150+ Hours spent baking: 9.5
MISCELLANEOUS Christmas cards opened: 62 Christmas letters folded: 150 Christmas Carols played on trumpet: 5 Christingles made (collectively): 30 Different ways Christmas cards addressed to parents: 8 Cards including the dog: 4 Emergency cuddles with dog: 12 Christmas cards posted: 150 Christmas presents accidentally opened early: 2 Phone calls from parishioners who have flooded their kitchen: 1
A few points to note:
Hi, I’m Nell. Alianore, if we’re being overly formal (that’s pronounced ‘Eleanor’, by the way). I’m a blogger, author, speaker, and occasional over-thinker. An introvert who likes to talk. A theologian, on a good day. A Christian, a storyteller, and a friend.