What Advent looks like: 7 glimpses

by Kristin on December 6, 2011

in Belief, doubt & hope

What does Advent look like? I used to think there was a fairly predictable answer to that question—the Advent wreath and candles, a tree sparkling with light, baking and craft supplies cluttering the counter tops and tables. This year, in an effort to see Advent in a new way, I’m moving away from the words and taking a more “watchful stance.” Here’s what I’ve seen so far:

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A light in the gloom 11/29

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A new day 11/30

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Garbage, light 12/1

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Heading home 12/2

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The grey world waits 12/4

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Comfort 12/5

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Reminder 12/6

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What images and scenes in your life represent Advent for you?

(For more background on the #adventpicaday project, visit Winn Collier’s blog.)

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  • http://katieleigh.wordpress.com Katie @ cakes, tea and dreams

    We’re on the same wavelength today – I also posted a handful of Advent photos! http://katieleigh.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/advent-photos-watching-for-the-light/

    Love these images, Kristin. There’s a quietness to them – I find that so restful.

  • http://jenniferluitwieler.com Jennifer

    I love your photo essays. You see great things, and the instant camera accessibility certainly gives me a view into your world. I love it. Love. It. There is a district downtown that has captured my imagination this winter and I want to document it in photos. Finally, Advent always looked the same at my house growing up. Always. I find that I cling to that static idea but also restless in finding creative ways to mine the meaning. Does that make sense?

  • http://www.alise-write.com Alise

    Just beautiful. I particularly like the Garbage/Light photo. That one feels very personal and telling.

    Thanks so much for sharing your Advent with us!

  • http://takingtheyoke.blogspot.com Ray Hollenbach

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, I’m a speed reader. (I’ll be here all week, try the veal).

    Thanks for reminding us there are more ways to wait than just sitting around. Wouldn’t it be great if we were watching for the coming wherever we went? “The grey world waits” certainly speaks to me.

  • http://www.inamirrordimly.com ed cyzewski

    Awesome pictures. I love the light in the window. That reminds me of new opportunities and hope.

  • http://www.halfwaytonormal.com Kristin T.

    Katie, I’m glad you saw “quietness” in the photos. That’s good—it’s what my soul needs right now. I’ve been feeling a lot of heaviness about the state of the world lately, but peace and hope are obviously in the midst of it, as well. (Btw, I loved your Advent photos, too!)

    Jennifer, I have always sort of clung to the static nature of Advent, too. When I decided to do this project I thought “I want it to be natural—I don’t want to force it, or go around looking intently for images that express Advent in new ways.” But as I’ve moved through the season I’ve found there’s something really valuable in “forcing it”—making myself see things in a new way, even if it doesn’t come naturally. It’s been an interesting process.

    Alise, what’s interesting about the “garbage, light” photo is that I would typically see a pretty scene light that, with the lights, and crop the ugly dumpsters out. And that’s typically what we do with Christmas, too—crop out the difficult, messy stuff, when they really belong side-by-side, in contrast.

    Ray, thanks for the corny joke. :) And you’re right about how great it would be if we were actively “watching for the coming wherever we went.” I’ll never fully get there, but this experiment has certainly brought be closer.

    ed, yes—hope! That morning sunlight came after several days of grey doom, which made it even more powerful.

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