I have been thinking that my advent has been very self-obsessed. Sure, there have been the odd crowd pleasers, but mostly it has been about me. Which is really rather sad.
Before the Christmas Spirit comes on Saturday, I would like to ramble slightly in my advent.
Christmas is a difficult time of year for so many. Recent blogging activities have made me realise what today's advent should be.
Animal blogging owners and I have been regularly visiting a blog run by The Cowboy for his beloved cat Eponine who became poorly. Sweet Eponine went to Rainbow Bridge yesterday at the magnificent age of 14, and all us pet owners feel for the Cowboy and have sent messages of support.
Animal or human, the loss of a friend or loved one is very sad.
On the international front, there is no news on Norman Kember. We keep him in our thoughts and prayers that the group holding him will be merciful and return him to his family for Christmas.
We remember the victims of the London bombings in July and wish their families and the survivors a peaceful Christmas with happy memories of those no longer near.
We remember all those injured and affected by the fuel depot blaze at Hemel Hempstead only a couple of weeks ago, and hope they will recover.
We remember the people who lose loved ones at Christmas, surely the worst time to lose a dear member of the family or close friend.
We remember those in hospital, those who will be in hospital over Christmas, and those who will be sitting by a bedside at Christmas.
We keep in mind those affected by others' cruelty or thoughtlessness over the Yuletide period.
We remember those who cannot be with their family or friends for Christmas.
We keep in our thoughts those still recovering from the Asian Tsunami and the devastating hurricanes in the US. And to the countless people affected by natural or man-made disasters the world over.
There is so much sadness in the world, but there is so much opportunity to give succour and comfort in some small way.
I received a gift today with the card 'Thanking you for all your kindness and support this year' from one of my staff. And there was me thinking that with all I could do within my powers as his boss, I wished I could do more. But he and his wife were comforted by what little I did do.
Spread some goodwill, peace and joy this Christmas. After all, isn't that what it's all about?