Wednesday, November 26, 2008

How to Make Advent More Like Advent and Less Like Christmas Idea #1

Advent is just around the corner and I have been deep in thought, considering how to make Advent more meaningful for myself and my family.  Advent is a period of waiting, anticipation, and penance for Catholics.  Those who observe Advent faithfully, do not allow Christmas to encroach upon this season of waiting too quickly.  Our family has many traditions for Advent we've developed throughout the years and I thought we might share some of these ideas and traditions with you throughout Advent this year.

Here is Celebrating Advent Idea #1:

Do your Christmas shopping BEFORE Advent.  I try very hard to do this.  I want our focus to be on preparing for the arrival of the Christ Child, not on the arrival of gifts.  If I'm stressing over what to get this person or the next I'm not able to focus on preparing my heart.  This takes some planning to accomplish and we have simplified much of our Christmas buying in order to manage doing this each year, but it is well worth the effort.  As of this post, I have 3/4 of my Christmas shopping finished and I will be completely finished by the end of the first week of Advent, even with the added stress of The Nutcracker bearing down on me. You cannot imagine how much this eases my mind and my heart.
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Tonya said...

You've always been so much better organized than I am!!! I haven't purchased a single Christmas gift yet - and don't even know what to get anyone.

momto5minnies said...

That would be a miracle if I got all my Christmas shopping done before Sunday this year. I am way behind.

Thanks for stopping by ... HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and yours.

Journey of Truth said...

I'm making most of our presents this year (extended family, that is) and keeping it very simple for our three (and I've already done that shopping). I hadn't thought of shopping before Advent as a means to preserve Advent's preparation, but your post has crystalized that for me.