Among the great certainties of life is this: term will end. I wish I could tell you about the last-day-of-term schedule a colleague posted on facebook. It would make you weep. While I haven’t lost sight of what it’s like to be an undergraduate, I do sometimes wish I could give the undergrads a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes. Term is over, and Advent has begun (or probably hasn’t, probably it starts tomorrow; I can’t be bothered with the theological niceties, Church of England – sort this mess out and then we can talk).
Anyway, hello. I am back. I am not even slightly back, because apart from the general wassail, hilarity and knitwear, and despite having sent a frankly ludicrous number of words to my lucky, lucky supervisors only recently, it seems I am still in the position of having to write All The Things. It’s not exactly a labour of Hercules or that one with the rock, but it is astonishing. Which is obviously why I’m HERE, creating for you a jolly Advent Calendar. The idea is that every day between now and FELIZ NAVIDAD itself (I’m aware that that means “Happy Christmas” not “Christmas Day” but I include it because when I was little,* I thought Feliz Navidad was a real person, possibly half-cat and certainly half-raver, who walked around covered in fairy lights and that when people spoke in Spanish accents to refer to him, it was because they were really happy) I will post something relevant or festive or thought-provoking to do with Advent and Christmasness. It is likely that within 48 hours, this will involve irrelevant pictures of foxes. So yes. Here is Advent, Day 1!
P.S. – bonus found Oscar/Christmas crossover: how to be simultaneously in the gutter and also looking at the stars, on flickr.
*quiet in the cheap seats.
Dr Sophie Duncan is Fellow in English at Christ Church, University of Oxford. She works regularly as a historical advisor and as a dramaturg for theatre, TV, radio and film. She likes theatre, detective fiction and cocktails.