Well, hello, my pretties! Happy liturgical new year! This is my favorite time of year. I just love the air of expectation and preparation, both in the Church and out in the world. It’s so exciting!
Some people can go the whole month without decorating their houses or listening to a single note of Christmas music. I am not one of those people! I’ve definitely tried to do it; for the past couple of years, I’ve only listened to Advent music and saved the Christmas music and decorations for the last week of Advent. But it was honestly kind of a bummer. I just love listening to music while making cards and wrapping presents, and having the cheery decor to greet me when I get home from a long day at work. So this year I said, “Enough!” I am determined to enjoy this season to the fullest, and for me, that means baking and eating cookies, watching Christmas movies, listening to ALL the Christmas music, and decorating every square inch of my apartment that is not covered with furniture. Without apology or guilt.
To be sure, I’ll still keep a spirit of prayerful expectation; however, that doesn’t mean I can’t still enjoy myself in a non-sinful way. Jansenism, be gone!
Here’s to a blessed, prayerful, JOYFUL Advent!