As I’ve mentioned in a couple other posts, this fall we’ve been talking a bit about simplicity with staff and guests. During a Thanksgiving Family Weekend discussion about the topic as it relates to the holidays, we covered the “usual” bases: children and toys, family events, hours spent cooking and doing dishes and frantically finding the perfect gifts. Folks lamented past holiday disasters and greedy children and celebrated family traditions and homemade gift-making.
After a time, one participant who had been quiet until then spoke up. “I wonder,” he said, “if simplicity and the holidays don’t actually belong together. For me, holidays are about abundance, the adventure of finding the perfect gift, eating until your heart’s content, and sharing laughter and stories with friends and family.”
In the sermon I heard on the First Sunday of Advent, the priest compared the Advent season to Lent; except, she pointed out, while both are about preparation, Advent is a much more joyous occasion!
Perhaps our approach to Advent and the holidays, then, should be one of intense mindfulness instead of simplicity; of jumping in with both feet while preparing for the abundant Christmas season: one where giving, feasting and laughing are priority, celebrated in the presence of those we love.
I’m not sure I am ready to scratch the idea of simplicity altogether, but I sure do like the idea of an celebratory Advent! May you find abundance in your preparation for the Christmas season.
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