Let’s mark time’s travel across the belly of the month…and call it Avent.

Maybe you’ve got a calendar with its daily doors opening up to a pithy saying, a wee image, or even a morsel of chocolate, should you shop where I do. Did you grow up with these count downers, adding to the mounting excitement with the little surprises hidden behind each door?

Maybe you mark Advent mentally with a nod, or emotionally with a sob. Either way, there’s more month than money, more work than time, and more worries than hope and joys, it would seem.