This Second Sunday in Advent 2013, I want to share a focus on three ingredients for a brighter Christmas. We are in the early part of a season that has many expectations for some and for others great sadness. Christmas lights are placed on trees throughout our community and transform this time of the year into being “the most wonderful time of the year.” Here are the ingredients…
1st give of yourself at Christmas, either with your time or possibly by buying a small gift for someone you do not even know.
2nd buy a gift for yourself. It doesn’t matter what it is. This will allow you to take some “time out” just for “you” at a very busy time of the year.
3rd go to a special event with a friend. Maybe dinner, a play, a concert at the church, one special event you can count on just for this Christmas. Whatever you would like to do for a special event is left up to you.
These three ingredients have the potential for giving to you a wonderful Christmas for 2013.
One often finds in doing these three things that Christmas brings to them a different meaning. One does not have that sad feeling, or a feeling that something was supposed to happen that didn’t happen.
Also the word “simplify” comes to mind. It is a very stressful time of year in a very stressful world.
In celebrating Jesus’ birthday in this way, I believe that what one finds is the real meaning of Christmas, and that the Christmas Spirit really lives within you.