O Wisdom: the time is nearing....
quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti,
attingens a fine usque ad finem fortiter,
suaviterque disponens omnia:
veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.
Who procedes from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching out mightily from end to end,
and sweetly arranging all things:
come to teach us the way of prudence.
When the time of the O antiphons comes, we know that Christmas is truly near. Rejoice, and keep preparing.
Also, tomorrow is the first of this winter's ember days. If you're minded to observe, don't forget to put your red beans to soak this afternoon. [smile: red beans and rice is God's own gift to the fasting and abstaining!]