Monday, November 15, 2010

Advent Winners, Advent Pause!

Hello everyone, and how lovely to have read your appreciation of the simple traditions of Advent on my last post. Before I draw the giveaway winners, I'm just going to show you Niki's lovely calendar page for November, and my response to it...
French fabric covered box from a Vide Grenier, vintage/antique books gathered over the years, rosebud jug from an Edinburgh charity shop and berries from the garden!
So, on to draw the winners! The winner of the traditional German Advent Calendar is Flossie and Tom! I'm delighted to find this lovely blogger back in action, and am really chuffed that she and her children will be opening these beautiful windows this Advent. And I share her grandmother's name...
And the person who will be burning the candle this Advent is the THIRD Sarah - don't get excited if you are the first or the second Sarah, please, ladies! This is the Sarah who wrote:
"I'm making my niece an advent calendar - it's her birthday at the end of November so we give her a series of small envelopes with different things in. This year she's four and now old enough to understand a bit more about what the season really means.
I'd love to be part of your giveaway for the beautiful candle. "
Well, I think that's rather lovely, and I'm glad she's won the draw, although I'm sorry that there couldn't have been more prizes for the rest of you deserving people.
Congratulations to both of you - please email me with your addresses and I will get posting.
Now, last year many of us joined together on Sundays or Mondays in Advent to post something that helped us to take a break in the rush towards Christmas. This is what I wrote at the beginning of last year's Advent Pause:
"The bloggers represent all sorts of countries (and now four continents, too, which pleases me for some reason). We are getting together to share thoughts, traditions, ideas, crafts and experiences relating to Advent and the preparation for Christmas. Some of us follow very old traditions or have very established beliefs, whilst many of us are combining the old with the new, learning and growing as we go along… "
If you would like to take part in a similarly open-ended Advent blogging event this year, please let me know by commenting here, and then please put the logo above onto your own blog, with a link back to this post! It was great last year, and I've been delighted that several blogging friends have already mentioned this year's. Advent begins on Sunday 28th November this year, so the first posts need to be on that day or on Monday 29th. Do join in - it's great to see what other people are doing and thinking, and good to take a break from what can become a very hectic time.


Sarah said...

Hello dearest Floss! Well done ladies, I'm sure you will enjoy your winnings. Yes I did get slightly excited I'm afraid, but I'm quite stable now. Not to worry!

Brenda Leyland said...

Congrats to the winners............what fun!

Kaye - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

Hooray! CONGRATS to the two winners - a delightful treat for Advent and Christmas. And I'm definitely joining in on the Adent tradition with SandwichINK!

Also - regarding the wireless digital photo frame giveaway at my site, I just found out today that they are limited to US entries only. They, and I, are so sorry for the limit - I'll have to think of a fun giveaway with an electronic prize :)

Thanks again for a delightful contest, the grand news of A Pause In Advent 2010 and I'm off to add your logo to http:// (just remove the space before the w. :)

Blessings this week! :)

Heidi said...

Congratulations to the winners, what treasures they will receive.
I loved yout informative post, lovely!

Serenata said...

Congratulations to the winners!

Will joining in your A Pause in Advent so will put logo on my blog Floss.

hip-chick said...

I will also be joining in again this year. I really enjoyed it last year.

Carol said...

Congratulations to the winners, I'm sure they will love their advent gifts.
I've purchased Niki's wonderful calendar for 2011, I dithered last year and missed it. Think it was about March before I stopped kicking myself!
Carol xx

Lola Nova said...

Oh goodness, I can't believe it is already getting to be that time of year again! I am looking forward to your posts as I so enjoyed them last year.

Green thumb said...

Hi Floss,
welcome back to the Blogworld and thank you so much for taking the time to visit me.
Your monthly display looks as lovely as always.
Thank you also for arranging again "A pause in Advent", it will be great to visit you all each Sunday and read something new about your thoughts and traditions.
I'm glad you're keeping up with your blog, I'm pretty sure you've a special reader from heaven.


Flossie and Tom said...

Thanks Floss

Cant wait to receive it and get a bit of the magic back ;)

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

Hi I too late to join in your pause for advent?

TheMadHouse said...

I will be entering again

Jane and Chris said...

Congratulations to the winners. I am sure you will enjoy your advent goodies!
I would love to join in the "A pause for Advent" and hope that I do it justice.
Jane x

Angela said...

Congratulations Flossie, Tom and Sarah
Glad to be among those joining the "Pause for Advent"
blessings xx

A Bun Can Dance said...

Hello Floss
thank you for your visit and lovely words :-)
I'll most likely join Pause in Advent on a pretty adhoc basis rather than every week, but will delight in sharing the moment with you. I'm planning to make an advent calendar in the next few days - or rather I would be making it, if I had a working sewing machine in the house!
Happy days to you, sending a big hug,
Denise x

Olga said...

Hi Floss! It is nice to see you continue with what is becomming a yearly tradition! Great to see many people participate. I hope all is well and you are enjoying autumn. Greetings from India.

Maggie B said...

I just discovered the A Pause in Advent link on your sidebar and would love to sign up to join in,if it isn't too late?
I'll be taking the link and posting it on my own sidebar, see you next week.

VintageVicki said...

Floss - I'd like to join in again please. Mine will be as last year a mix of tradtions & family stuff. You've reminded me I've a gorgeous advent candle hiding somewhere I got as a swap gift last year!!