My good friend Amber at Mr. Thomas and Me recently posted a list of 25 Christmas-related blog post ideas. Since I’ve gotten back on a regular posting schedule, I’m not always sure what to blog about, so this was perfect inspiration. This Thursday and the next two before Christmas, you can expect me to dive into one of the prompts Amber suggested.
I’ve actually never celebrated Advent, since I grew up Southern Baptist. Southern Baptists don’t recognize a whole lot of ritual or routine, so about the only two things you could count on every December at the church I grew up in were the Christmas cantata and poinsettias, besides Christmas Day itself.
This year I’m studying O Come, Let Us Adore Him with She Reads Truth, as well as using the Advent calendar from Naptime Diaries. (I use the word “using” liberally; I just have the cards displayed on my desk, propped on the frame in which my Lara Casey’s “I Need Jesus” print lives. I usually flip them when I sit down to read the SRT Advent plan.)
In this first year of Advent, the words that come to mind are “quiet celebration.” If you had a peek into my life right now, you might think the “quiet” part of that was crazy. But in the midst of ALL THE THINGS, settling my heart at the foot of the manger has quieted the ruckus inside. And yet, it has thrown confetti in joy, because our Savior has come! I’ve never gotten excited about Christmas before Thanksgiving – even this year – but most years I don’t exhibit Christmas cheer until a week or so before the actual day.
This year is different, pulsing with rich anticipation. I’ve never waited on Jesus the way I’ve begun learning to this week. I’m so excited to walk through the season with anticipation and joy. I wonder sometimes if we get too caught up in the trappings of Christmas, forgetting what it must have been like to live in the first one, and so I want to spend the next few weeks dwelling in the wonder Mary and Joseph must have felt as the shepherds came to worship and the star shone bright above.