Excited or Stressed?
Do you get excited or do your shoulders begin to tense up the second Thanksgiving ends and the countdown to Christmas begins? Wishing you could appreciate the meaning of the Advent season this year?
The meaning of Advent
Advent comes from the Latin word meaning "coming" and is meant to be a time of preparation for Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus. It's intended to be an intentional time to work on our own internal preparation for a deeper connection with Jesus.
The challenge of Advent
Can I be honest here? This time of year feels like the least spiritual to me! There are so many material distractions and social commitments that leave little time to go within and do the work of internal preparing for the coming of Jesus. That's why I want to share this wonderful checklist that has helped me sort out my expectations and values over the years and learn to say "yes" and "no" to the kinds of things that will help me appreciate the true meaning of the season.
Tension during the holiday season can be caused by a conflict among your expectations, values and reality of how much time, money and need for perfection you may have. Give yourself time to sort out what stresses you and what nurtures your spirit. Afterwards, ask yourself how you can make some adjustments that will allow for a more meaningful season.
I’d love to hear if this checklist helped you or if you have any other ideas to share that help you experience a meaningful Advent season.
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