It is a Christian custom that we fast before our feasts.
Back in the day 23 and 24 December were days of fasting and abstinence.
Did you know that?
May I suggest to you good readers that you do something along these lines?
Perhaps cutting back on what you eat or that you abstain from meat be taken seriously for a couple days before Christmas. You might also be ready to give alms. In the ancient Church Roman Christians fasted and they gave the difference of what they would have eaten to the poor.
I am in NYC right now. You might be surprised at how many people hit me up for money as an “easy mark”. The collar is like a magnet. On days like these, I try to be a little easier. I budget for it. Depending on the circumstances, sometimes – often, actually – I buy a sandwich instead giving of cash (which can result in some really interesting conversations).
I’ll bet that, where you are, you can find – let’s think about this… some organization that assembles boxes and bags to be shipped overseas, to go to – who knows? – local families?
Couple your mortifications with some corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Just a thought, friends.