The season of preparation is certainly upon us. It seems to happen earlier and earlier as I drive around town and see the decorations on people’s houses and yards. It brings a smile to my face to see the beginnings of the celebration of Christmas, but, I ask myself, why, why do we decide to bring this merry season into our hearts so early?
Some say commercialism is to blame, and I guess they are right because just as soon as the Jack O Lantern’s are put away the holiday items are stocked to the roof in most retail stores. I can only hope it is for more reasons than that, maybe because our schedules are so hectic, or we like to have everything ready to roll before December is upon us. Climate does play a role in the logistics as we have been experiencing mild temperatures, so it is a nice time to get outside and get the task completed.
I was talking to my brother-in-law Darrell this weekend, reminiscing about how our parents got ready for the season. We both agreed that it was the last week before Christmas that our parents placed the lights outside our houses. In fact there were little lights to be displayed; most was a string of lights outside or a wreath. Today it is a illumination display that almost warrants sunglasses. Don’t get me wrong, I love it, and I am actually a huge advocate of this progressive display of Christmas. I am also very aware of the preparation of the mental preparations of the season.
Making Ourselves Ready for the Birth of Jesus
Advent, which started today, is a time of making ourselves ready for the coming of Baby Jesus, the reason for the season. In our house we give blessings around the Advent Wreath every night, we sing advent songs and read passages from the Bible. It prepares us for the greater reason for this season. It is not necessary to have a wreath in your home, but for my Christian friends, it reminds us of the good in life and the need to be ready to embrace this season. For those of you who do count down, please copy and paste this calendar it will guide your way for this wonderful season.
For those of you who would like a little more information on advent, here are a few links:
About the Advent Wreath – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advent_wreath
How to Make an Advent Wreath – kencollins.com/question-10.htm
The History of the Advent Wreath – catholiceducation.org/articles/religion/re0132.html
Take care and feel free to pass this on to any family and friends.