Advent Day 18 - So here it is
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Day 18 - thoughts from the ChurchApp team

So here it is, merry Christmas

Richard

Despite our protests that Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier each year, I think we all have different things that signal to us that Christmas is coming. For some this might simply be a matter of opening doors on a chocolate advent calendar, for others it’s tied much more to the habits or personal, little rituals that we develop over the years.

For me Christmas time begins with the first stirrings of winter, in or around early December when the temperature takes a sudden sharp drop and that crisp, clear chill enters the air. Then it's a succession of familiar rituals - present buying, tree trimming and never-ending supply of Christmas movies.

There's one other thing that marks the arrival of the festive season. Unsubtle though it may be, I never really feel like Christmas until it’s been bellowed at me over the radio in Noddy Holder’s gravelly Staffordshire tones. I don’t what it is, but wherever I am something about this song always makes me stop and smile. Hope it makes you smile today.

Advent competition - find today's mince pieand you could win an iPad Mini

Each day during Advent we're giving you the opportunity to enter our free prize draw where you could win an iPad Mini 16Gb WiFi in the colour of your choice (silver or space grey) for you or your church. To enter, all you have to do is find the mince pie! Hidden throughout the ChurchApp website are numbered mince pies like the one above. Once you've found the correct mince pie with today's date on it, copy the URL of the ChurchApp website page from your browser address bar, then return to this advent blog page and enter using the Rafflecopter entry form below. You can only enter once each day (but come back to our Advent Blog each day to increase you chances of winning).

The winner will be chosen at random on 28th December and contacted by email. Your contact details will not be shared with third parties. By entering, you agree for us to share your name and church name in our competition winner publicity should you win. All the best!

ENTRY TO THIS DAY'S PRIZE DRAWER HAS NOW CLOSED. WHY NOT TRY ENTERING TODAY'S ADVENT CALENDAR BLOG POST DRAW.

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