December 1st begins the season of Advent. Advent is a time of anticipation for Christians. Awaiting the arrival of December 25th Christmas Day is done around the globe. This holiday is not restricted to one nation or culture, it spreads across all continents and people. There is belief by many including myself that Jesus Christ was not born during Winter, however, with time this has become when his birth is celebrated.
During the first Sunday of advent, I celebrated at my church during a fellowship with my fellow church members. I made my first wreath with fresh greenery from the church’s property. This is my second advent season as a member of a Lutheran congregation. Growing up in a Baptist church the coming of Christmas was celebrated a little differently. I enjoy the celebration leading up to the remembrance of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth just as much as the actual day.
Focusing on advent helps to center me and allows the other secular components to not consume the importance of this Christian holiday. Many years ago in my family we set a reasonable spending limit and reduced the number of decorations around the house. Christmas dinner was pared down making it less stressful. Attending Christmas Eve service was added as an important component of the celebration of Christ’s birth.
I find it interesting when those who celebrate Christmas forget it’s meaning and purpose. The retail market has hijacked this holy day along with other religious holy days, however believers must not let the true meaning become buried under the hustle and bustle. Exchanging gifts, attending parties, decorating, and cooking huge meals are also about family and have their place during the season.
In between the to do items on your list and awaiting the delivery of packages take time to be still. December encompasses days of anticipation of the celebration of the birth of a baby sent to save humanity. There are those who don’t embrace this reality but for those of us who do let us remember that there would be no Christmas without Christ. This advent season I remind my fellow Christians to be still each day and reflect on the true meaning of this time of year.