Advent is not merely about our preparation to receive once again the Christ Child at Bethlehem. It is also about the Second Coming of the Lord as well as other ways in which the Lord comes to us.
But the Advent season itself is coming and Christmas isn’t far behind. Just yesterday I penned my last article for The Wanderer for the liturgical year. Tempus fugit.
Perhaps you readers could use this entry to share some ideas about how to make Advent and Christmas a fruitful time for yourselves and families.
Do you have customs?
Each year I like to make an Advent wreath, and I light the candles in the evening.
Do you have an Advent calendar for your children (or yourselves, for that matter)?
Are there any other things you do, or don’t do, for Advent?
Are you the type who listens to Christmas music before Christmas?
When do you put up your tree and decorated it?
Do you eat fish on Christmas Eve? Pork hocks and lentils after Christmas? Goose? Cookies?
Do you have stockings at the mantle or a creche? Does the youngest child put the start or angel on the tree?
What happens in your parishes? Are there food and clothing and toy drives?
Does Father still insist on using those cliche blue vestments which are contra legem?
Maybe some discussion here can help other people think, in advance, about Advent, which is fast approaching.
I’m just askin’.