This Christmas we are definitely keeping things simple! I've barely put away the Thanksgiving decorations, and the thought of fighting through the piles of boxes in the storage room is making me drag my feet!
I don't know about you, but I just don't function well when I see clutter and disorganization. And that's the case with the storage room.
I know exactly where all the Christmas decorations and dinnerware are, but I need to pull everything out that's sitting in front of it. Added to that, the sagging shelves are really bugging me, and all I want to do is take everything out, rip up the shelving, install new ones, and do some more decluttering (why do we need to keep a big container of Small Farmer's Journal magazines?).
But, I don't have time for all that.
So, Christmas decorations might happen the eve of Christmas eve this year!
But, I will be preparing myself for Christmas with my Advent wreath and readings. I look forward to it every year!
Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ. It starts the fourth Sunday before Christmas, and culminates on CHRISTmas day, the celebration of the birth of Christ.
My favorite advent reading brings in old testament and new testament scriptures showing the expectation and preparation for Christ's coming. It is only in the shadow of Advent that the miracle of CHRISTmas can be fully understood and appreciated.
My favorite advent wreath has a candle for every day of advent, and a donkey that one moves along as you light the candle.
During my quiet/devotion time, I light a candle and read the day's reading. It's a special time for me. It's simple. It brings everything into it's right perspective. If nothing else gets done this CHRISTmas, the Advent wreath will be used!