We approach Christmas down a narrowing funnel of activities: the closer we get, the quicker things (social things, I mean) spin, until at some point on Christmas Eve we pass beyond the event horizon, and for a couple of days, all information is lost. Who knows what happens in there?
But we are not at that point yet. We are still spinning. Last night at OISE Cambridge, for example, was the office party. I wasn’t able to attend, unfortunately – I am already on holiday. But what I call holiday is itself a quickening circuit of visits and counter-visits rendered ever more complex by expanding families.
The sequence of social activities is loosely mapped on to the period in the liturgical calendar called Advent – the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. What this means to most people these days is an Advent calendar, which used to be merely a melange of seasonally appropriate images, each to be opened on its allotted day, (or a thing made with coat-hangers and flameproof tinsel on Blue Peter), but which now means various daily treats behind windows.
And then, of course, there is the online version, usually a photo or video link each day on a blog. I feel bad for not having provided an OISE Cambridge Advent calendar, but in compensation here is a link to the Fitzwilliam Museum Advent calendar on their Facebook page.