The Downs Church

How are you faring? Is Christmas yet intruding?  (The legendary 12 days commence on December 25th).

Advent is about preparation and anticipation. Juggling our busy timetables to accommodate “early Christmas” celebrations puts us between a rock and a hard place. Our collective psyche is responsive to the deep rhythms of preparatory and celebratory seasons. The weeks leading to the celebration of the Nativity of the Christ are meant to be times of reflection on past, present and future yearnings around the themes of hope, peace, joy and love.  In some traditions, fasting is even required. And then – Christmas! Feasting, laughing, celebration – that which is yearned for is now here! Snap bonbons! Drink toasts! Sing carols! Emmanuel! God is here!

In our muddled chaos, these things will bleed into the Advent season. Internally, however, we can maintain the rhythm.

Blessed Advent in preparation for a Blessed Christmas!

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