It’s official! The holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving is no longer it’s own special day it has become the official kick off of the holiday season(Even though holiday decor is out at Halloween). It doesn’t even seem like that special of a day any longer as it is drowned out by “Black Friday”.
I find it ironic that the day we are to be most grateful for the things that we have goes into the day in which we fight lines and parking for all of those great sales for things we think we can not live with out.
Don’t get me wrong. I have spent every Christmas holiday of my adult life in the same frenzy to have everything “perfect” for Christmas day. Often so stressed and tired that when in church on Christmas I can barely keep my eyes open. I get it! I truly do.
I don’t know if it is because I am nearly 50 or if it is because I have been fighting these last four years to make our dairy work. I don’t know if it is because so much of my time is devoted to make my new business work. I continue to feel the negativity of the economy. I feel I have been fighting for a long time. I have been thrown losses and carry stress that life often bears.
The one solid and beautiful thing that has got me through these tough and trying times is my faith. Even with all of the difficulties, I know I have so, so much. It is the faith instilled in me that accepts what life brings to me is Gods plan.
My faith in God has given me the strength to carry on and keep up the fight. When having great abundance it is hard to appreciate those things that are truly important, family, friends, a new puppy :), health. When struggling you often find out what little you really need and what your have is so very, very sweet.
I was impressed by all of the 30 days of gratitude for the month of November from many of my Facebook friends. Also bloggers that made that commitment to share each and every day what they are grateful for.
So with that. Sunday, December 2 is the first Sunday of Advent. (Below is the Wikipidia definition of Advent). I would like honor this Advent Season through my blog by celebrating the birth of Jesus. Celebrating and honoring the Nativity. Also preparing and awaiting the second coming.
I hope that with this commitment to reflect on the Advent using my blog, like that of an advent calendar (though I can not promise my frequency, LOL) it will bring joyful anticipation of Christmas day and avoid the stress of the “material” part of the holiday and keep my eye on the real reason for the season, the birth of our Savior.
Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is ananglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming.” It is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Advent Sunday. The Eastern churches’equivalent of Advent is called the Nativity Fast, but it differs both in length and observances and does not begin the church year, which starts instead on September 1. At least in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Moravian, Presbyterian and Methodist calendars, Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25, which is the Sunday from November 27 toDecember 3 inclusive.
Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used in reference to the Second Coming of Christ. For Christians, the season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from two different perspectives. The season offers the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming.
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