Ma’s Christmas tip for the day:
Don't schedule yourself too tightly during the holidays. Before making an appointment, ask yourself, Can this wait until after Christmas?
On this the 1st Sunday of advent I’ll begin by describing our Advent Wreath.
The Advent wreath is a popular Advent custom that originated in Germany. It consists of four candles (three purple and one rose), surrounded by evergreen branches. One purple candle is lit the first week, two the second, two purple and one rose the third, and finally all four in the last week of Advent. The light of the candles signifies the light of Christ, Who will come into the world at Christmas. it was brought to the United States by German immigrants in the 19th century.
The Advent wreath helps us keep our thoughts focused on the coming of Christ at Christmas, so we should make it a part of our daily activities. The easiest way is to include it at our evening meal. You can light the candle, say a prayer or read a short scripture reading and leave the candle burning during the meal.
An example would be to read passage from the Prophet Isaiah, Isaiah 9:1-2, 5-6
This passage reminds us that Christ is our light, and that His Birth brought us out of the darkness of sin and saved us
One prayer for this first Sunday of Advent might be:
O God, pour forth thy blessing upon this wreath, and grant that we who use it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ and may receive from Thee abundant graces. Amen
It is a wonderful time to share the love of Jesus
He comes to us, not to protect us from the harshness of the world but to give us the courage and strength to bear it; not to take us away by some miracle from the conflict of life, but to give us peace—His peace—in our hearts
take time to see our children playing
take time to see the Christmas lights
take time to hear the carols message
take time to hear the crunch of snow
take time to tell the Jesus story
take time to speak to those alone
take time to feel, smell, and taste
life's too short to grumble
life's too short to worry
life is a gift . . . unwrap it!
Author Unknown to me but so very much appreciated.