Monday, December 12, 2011

The Sweetness of Advent

No matter what culture, chances are sweets are part of the Christmas tradition (and other celebrations that occur during this time of year).  And chocolate is one of the ingredients used to make sweets to mark the season.

Chocolate and all the other confections and baked goods are actually a great metaphor for the sweetness of Advent. If we really take the season to heart, God speaks to us in our sense of smell, taste, hearing and vision. 

So, in that spirit I want to share an excerpt from a great poem that I found in a site called
Chocolate strolls up to the microphone
and plays jazz at midnight, the low slow
notes of a bass clarinet. Chocolate saunters
down the runway, slouches in quaint
boutiques; its style is je ne sais quoi.
Chocolate stays up late and gambles,
likes roulette. Always bets
on the noir.

-Barbara Crooker from Ode to Chocolate

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