Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Slow Down! I can hear this still small voice in my head saying these words over and over. Like all of you, I sometimes feel a little overwhelmed this time of year. We all get caught up in trying to make everything perfect for those we love. Packages to wrap, gifts to buy, and goodies to bake. There just aren't enough hours in the day! Maybe the solution is to lower our expectations just a little and recognize what is truly important. Family, friends, and of course the true meaning of the season.
The tradition of the Advent wreath has been a part of my family's Christmas since my husband and I were married. I didn't grow up in a church that observed Advent so 31 years ago it was a completely new experience for me. It adds so much to the Christmas season. An Advent wreath is always at the center of my table during the holiday season. The appropriate candles give off a sacred glow each day reminding my husband and I of the true meaning of Christmas.
My advice as the "big day" approaches.......Slow Down. Take the time to truly enjoy all of the preparations. Treasure the time you have with family and friends. Recognize that the most important ingredient in all of your special baked goods is love. Most importantly remember that we all have already been given the most wonderful gift of all! Blessings!
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