Christmas Preparations

It’s Christmastime! What are you doing this year? What traditions do you have? Do you deck the halls, decorate the house in preparation for the “big day”? Do you go shopping, getting all the things you want for others (and maybe a few things for yourself)? Do you bake cookies, with the delicious aroma hanging in the air? How do you prepare for Christmas day?

I think that last question is the key question to ask ourselves this year. I was raised with more of a focus on the decorations, food, and presents than I was in anticipation of the coming of a Savior. I don’t fault my parents for that. It’s how the world sees Christmas. It is so easy to get caught up in the worldly perspective of Christmas. Every time you turn on the radio or television you get coerced into thinking that Christmas is all about getting more stuff and doing more things. I fear I am raising my children with that same perspective on the season.

I want to do things differently this year. Advent is about waiting. It looks forward to the threefold coming of Christ: His historical coming, His second coming, and His continual coming in every moment in our lives. I think that the third “coming” is the most important. I am going to focus on His continual coming. I am going to focus on entering into a deeper relationship with Christ. I am going to commit to spend more time this Advent in front of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. And I’m not going to let it end after Christmas day, like the retailers do when they are done trying to earn your hard earned dollars. Advent is a time to refocus life on what is truly important–living a Christ-like life, not buying lots of toys or baking lots of cookies.

What are you going to do this Advent to prepare for Christmas?

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