While waiting for the birth of Christ, we are asked to meditate on the gifts we are given. There are the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the gifts of life and liberty, and the gift of those around us.
Too often, we are in a rush to get to Christmas. Each year, the holiday decorations come out earlier and earlier. Those same people who grumble about the stores having Christmas items up are rushing to put up their Christmas tree on Thanksgiving Day. It’s not Christmas yet…it’s Advent – WAIT!
Unless we take the time to wait – to watch and prepare – to be appreciative for the great gifts we have been given, we won’t know the true meaning of Christmas. The joy of Christ’s birth will be lost amid the rush, lost amid the day-to-day struggles we all face, and lost to time once again.
In my family, we wait to put up our tree until after my birthday in the beginning of December. This year, as I have been listening to the homilies at church and really trying to refocus myself, I’ve come to realize that to my girls, Christmas isn’t so much about Christ. That makes me sad, but when I think about it, Christmas wasn’t about Christ when I was growing up either. Christmas was about family and gifts. I think I’d like to make a change in how my family looks at Christmas. I don’t want my girls to be so focused on Santa and the gifts he brings that they miss the true meaning of the season. I want them to think about the gifts they have been given, and the gift of Christ. I know it will be difficult – there’s so much focused on the commercialization and they are only 4 and 7, but I think it’s important for them to understand. While they are joyous about the season, it’s for the Santa aspect, not the gift of Christ.
Are you taking the time to prepare to receive Christ with joy?
- Being Watchful During Advent (jenpeterson.wordpress.com)
- Advent – A Time For Preparing The Way (andrewdoohan.wordpress.com)
- Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands (a review) (refusingtotiptoe.com)
- Speech about Christmas and Advent (rodolfojreregia.blogspot.com)