Friday, 1 December 2017
This is the tenth time a hut has opened on Hove seafront to reveal an installation as part of the world's first Beach hut Advent Calendar. Tonight was quite a contrast to that first opening as there were considerably more people in attendance although the weather was similarly cold and clear with a beautiful moon lighting up the night.
Our theme this year is aspects of the nativity and the King's school decided to focus on a verse from Isaiah in the Old Testament of the Bible which is often quoted at this time of year.
'The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on this living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.'
Light is one of the main themes of Advent as we enter the darkest time of the year and the children of year 7 chose to focus on stars as their source of light.
The hut was festooned with stars hanging from strings and lying on the floor and if you looked carefully you could see that each clay star had a name or a word carved into it.
These were people who had been guiding stars to the children who had made them and we all got a chance to add a name of our own to a paper star in recognition of someone who had been a guiding star to us.
Some members of the school choir came down and led us in some carol singing alongside the mine pie eating and warm drink consumption that is an integral part of this occasion.
In the centre of all of this was a stencil cut of Jesus, who is the guiding star for all who call themselves Christian.
This was a great start to our tenth event and we look forward to continuing this unique Brighton and Hove tradition tomorrow at hut 73 by Hove Lawns.