Advent: Week 1
Happy Advent, friends! Let's be honest, Advent gets overshadowed by all the Christmas festivities. And I don't really help with this. The second Thanksgiving is over, Christmas season is in full swing. The house usually looks like Buddy the Elf helped me decorate. And yes, I'm that person that has the Christmas radio station playing 24/7. After all, "the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear." I know, this is all real embarrassing, but Christmas is my favorite! As you can see, I clearly don't celebrate Advent much.
But I've been thinking a lot about Advent. It's a short season, even shorter this year, but there's so much beauty in it. It's a time to soak in quietness and prepare our hearts for the coming of true joy- Jesus Christ. It's a time to spend with Mary and St. Joseph, a time to model after their lives as they prepared for the coming of their Son. I know it's the day of and maybe you're like me and you've got Christmas on your mind, but let us grow in the virtue of patience and wait for His coming by drawing closer to the Holy Family this Advent season. I think the anticipation will make Christmas even better. Here are some ways in which I will be celebrating Advent (starting today, yay!):
Advent wreath // My Advent wreath is pictured above! I actually made it today, so there's hope if you haven't made/ bought one yet. It was so easy to make. I took a gold plate that I had laying around, reused the candles I had from last year, and just bought some evergreen leaves. As I light the candles each week, I will pray these short prayers and readings from the U.S. bishops, which you can find here.
Rosary // I'm horrible when it comes to praying the Rosary, but Advent is the perfect opportunity for me to get better at praying the most powerful prayer. So, I'm challenging myself to pray the Rosary everyday until Christmas. I will definitely need some help with this, so please keep me accountable! I'm really excited to spend time with Mama and the fruit of her womb, Jesus.
Quiet time // Advent is a time for quietness and darkness as we prepare for Christ, the light of the world, to come. From holiday parties to Christmas shopping, this season is full of constant noise and bright Christmas lights ('tis the season). So in preparation, I will be seeking some quiet time in my life and who better to do so with than St. Joseph. I haven't spent much time with him, but I think his role in the Holy Fam is more important than I may realize and I cannot wait to grow in friendship with this holy knight (get it?).
I hope that you will join me in some of these activities to prepare our hearts with Mary and St. Joseph for the coming of our Savior, our King. If not, you're totally fine, but I do encourage you to prepare in some way or another! Leave a comment below sharing how you are celebrating this Advent! Thanks for reading and Happy Advent!