Advent begins today, for those who don’t know, Advent is the start of the New Year in the Christian Church calendar.
Advent starts on the 4th Sunday before December 25 and Advent ends on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24th) so this year Advent is about 25 days long.
What is Advent? The season of waiting and preparing for the Festival of Christmas (i.e. Christ’s birth), and since it nicely fits at the end of most folks’ fiscal year, it’s an excellent metaphor for your preparation for the end of your Financial Year as well. You could spend Advent preparing for Christmas, but also preparing for next year (in terms of Personal Finance) as well.
To most people the only exposure to Advent is the calendars that are sold in most stores that have a box that is open each day of Advent (we are guilty of this as well, we have a Playmobil one that will create a Pirate scene for our son (a Christmasy, Pirate scene?)).
To others you have the Advent Wreath at Church (Mrs. Caj is complaining that this graphic has purple candles and they should be BLUE).
Start your fiscal planning for the coming, year, and start planning and preparing for Christmas too (no, that doesn’t mean bankrupt yourself by spending as much as possible (if you thought that is what I meant)).