Tuesday, 4 December 2018
The venue for our hut tonight was a slight journey eastwards from the previously advertised hut 403 as hut 410 became available for the Kings School to use after we had gone to press with all our publicity. It was only a difference of 15m and no-one seemed to notice the change.
Making a journey - even a short one like that, and especially travelling from the East to the West, is very much part of the Advent tradition.
This is a time when we begin to retell the story of the journey that Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem; that the shepherds made in leaving their flocks to go into the village to see the newborn child and of course for the wise men travelling from the East as they follow the star.
We were reminded of that journey by a mirrored art piece which covered the floor of the hut, inscribed in gold with the words "We have seen his star and we have come to worship him".
Over the years people have spoken about the Beach Hut Advent Calendar as a pilgrimage as attendees travel the length of the seafront, away from the bustle and glaring lights of the shops, to find the hut opening for that night.
Ultimately we hope that the journey finds a destination in the hope of light in the darkness and the presence of God with us.
The next hut is number 177 close to the King Alfred leisure centre.