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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Friday, November 28, 2008
    Advent Joy
    As is my wont I completed all my Christmas shopping in one go today. This releases me to experience Advent as intended: which means weeks of having to attend endless 'socials' which I am obliged to pretend to enjoy (me, the introvert who'd rather be at home with a Saxondale dvd or walking the edge of a post-industrial site anticipating ghosts), painful hours making small talk over unfilling pastries with people I barely know and upon whose nearest and dearest (who I've never met) I must then bestow my sincerest good wishes for the holiday season, days worrying that what I've bought my folks is not enough, whilst watching the bank balance dip dangerously as the long winter month moves on and the statement shames me for the excesses of payday. I completed my Christmas letter today too. That was fun.