Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western tradition. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30, and ends on Christmas Eve (Dec 24). This year Advent starts tomorrow, on the 2nd of December. The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." It's a season of joy and it ends with the Christmas celebrations on the 24th and 25th of December.
There are quite a few events on Islay in this special time of year, there are Pantomime's on Islay's schools such as â€˜Sleeping Beautyâ€™ at IHS, Mon 10th, Tues 11th December. Cinderella & Rockerfella at Keills Primary School Wednesday 12th. â€˜Snow Whiteâ€™ Bowmore Primary School, Thursday 13th. â€˜Oinkâ€™ at Port Charlotte Primary (details to come) and Port Ellen Primary School â€˜Carols by Candlelightâ€™ on Wed. 19th December. Today, the 1st of December, there are Christmas fairs at Port Ellen Primary and at the Islay Quilters. There's a Made on Islay Craft Fair on Tuesday the 4th at Bruichladdich Hall and there is the Kilmeny Church carol evening on Sunday the 16th.
Next week, on Saturday the 8th, there will be a Christmas Fete at Islay High School with home bakings, soup and sandwiches, face painting, assorted books, DVDs and toys from 5p to Â£5.00. There are also many other activities and games to join, one of the prices is a "James Dean Original" and there is a chance to meet Father Christmas. The fair is organised and run by students in S2 and it's to help them raise money for their outward bounds trip to Loch Eil in February next year. All the more reason to go to Islay High from 12pm - 2.30pm. For more info on the Xmas Fete visit their Facebook page