Day 20 of Advent: Getting Into the Spirit of Season

I have a confession to make. I love Christmas. I love the lights on the Christmas tree. I love the stockings hung from the chimney (or wherever you can hang ‘em) with care. I love buying gifts for those I love. I’ve made an effort to blend the traditions of my and my husband’s families into something unique and special for our family.

This year feels different though. I have been struggling to get into the “Christmas spirit.” I haven’t felt much like celebrating and didn’t feel the same drive to decorate I have in years past. There is so much pain and hopelessness in the world right now that it makes it hard to celebrate.

But then I wonder, isn’t this season supposed to be about joy and wonder and most of all…hope? So, I cannot let the hopelessness overcome me. All of the things I love about Christmas – family, giving, kindness, hope, joy – are needed more right now. I can buy hopelessness, fear and selfishness wholesale. Perhaps it’s time to just start giving away the joy and kindness. Maybe that’s the kindling I need to get this Christmas fire really roaring.

But where do I start? I can’t just decide to feel the Christmas spirit and wake up in red and green and Christmas bells. So, I started small, moving through the traditions of Christmas’ past. I pulled out the Advent calendars a friend had given my children and let them start counting down (up?) to Christmas with a small piece of chocolate every night. I put up the Christmas tree and felt a palpable sense of lifted weight simply by plugging in the lights. I felt a real sense of hope as I helped my child make her gift to help someone in need. And I knew I was onto something when I was riding in the car with my kids, singing along to “Frosty the Snowman.”

In this season of fear and sadness, I invite us all to move through this season making a concentrated effort to make our days just a little brighter. Christmas cards feeling like a chore? Much like doing the dishes, if you just start I promise you’ll be glad you did it. Don’t know what to get certain people on your list and it’s giving you anxiety? Make a donation in their name to a charity you support. I guarantee that this will solve your gift giving problem and will make a difference for all involved. This is a season where we await he who came to bring us joy. And if a Christmas tree, a little piece of chocolate or silly song will help you remember that, nothing is too small to connect us to that feeling.

Shared by a Member of the Marble Community

Published by marblewomen A group of women from Marble Collegiate Church who come together to be inspired and nurtured in our spiritual growth and to be supported through the challenges of life. Our activities include spiritually-oriented programs, small groups, community involvement, social and recreational events and our annual retreat.

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