Sunday, December 1, 2013

Keeping Christ in Christmas

I’m participating in the KEEP CHRIST in CHRISTMAS Blog Link-Up 2013 sponsored by the Catholic Bloggers Network. 
Be sure to visit as many links as possible, listed at the bottom of this post.

Keeping Christ in Christmas truly is a challenge in today's world, isn't it?  Try as we might, we still get caught up in all the hustle and bustle of the season.  There's always so much to do that it is hard to remember to slow down and pay attention to God in a special way.  To make it even more difficult, this year we only have a bit over 3 weeks.  Ugh!  We've just come off of a very busy week with dress rehearsals and two performances today (Sunday) and now my whirling mind has to switch gears, and switch very quickly at that.

So what will we be doing this Advent season to remind us of what it is all about?  Here are some of our favorite traditions.

* Of course we have our advent wreath setting upon the kitchen table which we light every night at dinner.

* This is our second year of reciting the St. Andrew prayer.  This short prayer is said 15 times every day between the feast of St. Andrew (November 30th) and Christmas Day.  We loved it last year so it's back to stay!

* We usually make some kind of Advent calendar.  It varies from year to year and it hasn't been made yet, so tis all still a mystery as to what shape it will take.

* We made the change years ago and every one seems to agree that the Christmas decorations don't go up until the Sunday before Christmas.  We have various purple things around the house to signify Advent but that is all.

* At Mass today the priest suggested that we all take a few moments each day during Advent to just be still and be silent so that we might hear what it is God is trying to tell us.  This is always a good suggestion, but more so during this busy time.

* On my blog I've decided to do a Daybook of sorts for the Advent season.  Each day I will be filling in things that I've done in Body, Mind and Spirit.  We'll see how that goes.

So there you have it; a comprehensive list of things that we do in our household to try to keep Christ at the forefront of our season.  I invite you to visit the blogs listed below for more great ideas.  Then please stop back here during the next few weeks to see how things are going.

God Bless!

Equipping Catholic Families: Keep Christ in Christmas
Coffee Moments with Sam     The Light of Hope
Faith Filled Freebies: Keep Christ in Christmas
Written by the Finger of God: Not Christmas as Usual
On the Way Home:  Keep Christ in Christmas
Sue Elvis Writes: Bring Christ to Others

Canadian Catholic Mom         Keeping The Little Ones Focused: An Advent Link-Up
Mountain of Grace Homeschooling   Keep Christ in Christmas
Home to 4 Kiddos        Keep Christ in Christmas
Embedded Faith          Boldly Be the Christ in Christmas
City Girl, Country Home         Emmanuel Is With Us. Are we WITH HIM?
Journey to Wisdom: Trusting in your Awkward Fiats

Training Happy Hearts            10 Ways to Celebrate the New Liturgical Year
Designs by Birgit: Elf on a Shelf and Santa Claus
A Slice of Smith Life: How we keep Christ in Christmas
Catholic All Year: Three Reasons I love Advent
Mary the Defender: Christmas The Battle Begins
Truly Rich Mom: Keep Christ in Christmas
Diapers and Drivel: Keeping Christ in Christmas

Raising Soldiers 4 Christ: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Campfires and Cleats How We Keep Christ in Christmas
Mrs Domestic Bliss     Gingerbread Nativity
The Chic Traveller      Keeping Christ in Christmas
California to Korea     Keeping Christ in Christmas
Dominique's Desk       Keeping Christ in Christmas
 Our ABC Life:  An Advent Update

Journey Living: Anno Domini
Life of Fortunate Chances: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Quidquid Est, Est!: Reblog: Advent Posts

1 comment:

  1. My children are dreaming of mountains of presents and I don't know a mother who isn't stressed out of her mind right now. In this pre-Christmas whirlwind, we are tempted to forget the meaning of Advent as a time of patient waiting and reflection. More shockingly, we might miss out on the true joy of Christmas!
    Let's keep Christ in Christmas and spread the "good news." Here's a great video to share: