Christmas Crazies

So I’ve been on vacation for the past 10 days. A getaway from work for some R&R before the Christmas Crazies begin. And boy, have they begun! Re-entry this morning back into work was a bit bumpy. We’re all back into the swing of things now, and posts from the vacay will follow shortly.

Now that the turkey leftovers are put away, we will be consumed with Christmas. But before we get to wrapped up with Santa and the rest of the Christmas hoopla, I want to talk about a season that doesn’t get much recognition in mainstream American culture. It’s called Advent, the 4 weeks before Christmas…the birth of Christ…to be totally cliche, the reason for the season. Advent. A Latin word (adventus) meaning “coming.” For Christians, it’s a time to wait and prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. And I don’t mean prepare like put up the tree, Christmasize the house, bake fattening desserts (although I’m all for that) and string up yards and yards of electrical cords to ensure the best neighborhood house decorations.

Christmas. Wait for it.

When the God of the Universe, who spoke worlds into being, came down to dwell with us, in the body of his son, the babe in the manger, a baby named Jesus; To personally experience joy, sorrow, pain, anxiety, frustration…hmmmm, come to think of it, it sounds a lot like Christmas shopping.

Last Sunday, the church we attend began Advent. And, true to form, they did a spot on job of driving home how our culture is divided between the Kingdom and Grace and the Kingdom of Google. It’s a great way to spend 30ish minutes before the commercialization of Christmas once again takes over and warps our minds.

So, put the shopping lists aside, leave the tree lights tangled, make a cup of hot chocolate, relax and click here to listen to this amazing message.

Christmas. Wait for it.

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2 thoughts on “Christmas Crazies

  1. Lisa, I also love advent. At church, and at home. And waiting…that’s the good stuff, isn’t it? I love turning on the lights on the tree in the morning and sitting in the dark. Quietly. Ahhhhh.

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  2. Sitting in the dark in the glow of the tree is my favorite part! I leave the tree up until Epiphany just so I can relax after the holidays and reflect.

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