December 2016

Festive Fabulousness

Karen Woolven Flowers

18 Royal Hill

Greenwich, SE10 8RT

The talented staff of Karen Woolven Flowers plan to fill their Advent Windows with a snowy, wintery theme filled with light.

The window is best viewed at any time.



‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

213 Greenwich High Road

Greenwich, SE10 8NB

When we think of the Promised Time– and Advent– we can’t help but think of the great feeling of anticipation. This feeling hits fever pitch on Christmas Eve, when we all await the joy and hope that Christmas brings. We hang our stockings by the chimney with care, hoping against hope that when we wake on Christmas morning, St. Nicholas will have visited. We also hope for a happy Christmas and joyful 2017 for all.

A Visit from St. Nicholas
By Clement Clarke Moore
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”


The window is best photographed during the day, but can be viewed at any time.

The window will be ready by 4 p.m. on 3 December.


Santa’s Promise

Meridian Primary School

Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich, SE10 9NY

thumbnail_-dec-16-bSanta delivering on his promise at Christmas time. (Santa is clever; he knows that Greenwich park is a great cut through from East to West.) The children of Meridian helped to paint this window, which was created by Darryl Green.

The window is best viewed any time.


1 December: 68 Crooms Hill

December 1, 2016

From Big Ben to SE10

Art Made by St. Ursula’s School

68 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8HG

img_9596Our Ladye Star of the Sea & St. Ursula’s School are pleased to share St. Alfege Church Advent Windows for 2016. Our window can be seen at the Presbytery of the church on 68 Crooms Hill. Our Ladye Star of the Sea has architectural features designed by Augustus Pugin– the renowned architect from the 1800s. He created the stained glass window and furnishings in the church. Most famously, Pugin designed the tower for Big Ben, which has become a famous landmark across the globe and an iconic clocktower associated with New Year celebrations.

We are building a freestanding, glowing clock tower that will stand in the bay window linking OLSS with Big Ben. The artwork was completed by the school’s art department with assistance from the St. Ursula’s students.

Best viewed in the evening.

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