A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes…and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of advent.
I like this quote. Makes a person think, eh?
How was your weekend? Did you get most of your "to do" list done? If you did, good for you. If you didn’t , so what! How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time, right? It will get done if it is important enough.
At this time of year, I am considered a bit of a grinch. From halloween until after the new year I feel like hibernating. Why? Look around. How many happy people do you see? How many stressed out, unhappy people do you see? This is supposed to be a joyous time and people push themselves beyond what is healthy and enjoyable. Greed is embodied by our children. Competition for affections with a price tag makes fools of some.
I am going to make up my own Manic Monday questions this week. Let’s see how we really feel about Yuletide:
Describe your perfect Christmas/Hanukkah?
Tough one, g. Hmmm…Skiing in Aspen? That would be nice. Back to reality…thinking back to my happiest Christmases, I would have to say exchanging of well thought out gifts might start it off. My parents taught me that the cost doesn’t matter. Thinking about the person you are giving the present to and matching the gift to what they truly like is a gift in and of itself.
Also, a limit. My children usually got three presents which we wouldn’t go into debt for. However, we sing happy birthday to Jesus first and put him in the nativity we set up. I always give a new movie to the family and we often have breakfast and watch the movie. That is fun. After that, we would, ideally, head off to a homeless shelter to help with dinner.
Family? Any day can be Christmas. My folks came here last Saturday. Why be restricted by a single day on the calendar.
What brings you true joy?
That’s easy; Isabella! After she was born, I realized I hadn’t experienced joy in a long, long time. Now I can’t get enough!
You are in the Biblical time just after Jesus was born. Who would you want to strike up a conversation with?
Another easy one; Joseph, Jesus’ stepfather. To me, he is a giant of a man. His faith and his kindness are beyond comparison. I just know I would like him.
I will leave you this day with one more quote:
The spirit of Christmas needs to be superseded by the Spirit of Christ.
The spirit of Christmas is annual;
the Spirit of Christ is eternal.
The spirit of Christmas is sentimental;
the Spirit of Christ is supernatural.
The spirit of Christmas is a human product;
the Spirit of Christmas is a divine person.
That makes all the difference in the world.
Stay safe, gail