Tuesday, December 1, 2015

the man in the moon

Last week, my dad shared this advert will me and it is one of the most lovely clips I have seen in awhile. I couldn't think of a more perfect way to begin the Advent season, a season of joy, wonder, preparation, selflessness, giving, companionship and love.
There is no reason why we shouldn't treat Christmas like the most wonderful time of the year - because it truly is - but we should instead challenge ourselves to focus on sharing the wonder with those around us, including and especially, the ones that might not be so easy to reach.
I often wear myself out with planning my Christmas "must dos." Which movies to watch, the cookies to bake, the stores to shop, the Christmas notes to stamp, the outfits to wear, the gifts to buy, the list goes on and on. In the midst of all of the "busyness," I never get out of my own world and primary objective to make the most of my holiday. Of course, leave it to the advertising world to find the perfect story to totally pull my heart strings and inspire me for this season.
In this past Sunday's Second Reading 1 Thes 3:12-4:2, the passage begins with the following statement: "May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all."
What a tremendous consideration for the Advent season (that just so happens to go perfectly to this advertisement theme)... We are together in this world, for each other and for all. Wherever we may be, whether peering out a telescope or on the moon, how can we act together - for all - as we prepare for and welcome Christmas? Christmas is the arrival of life's joy, compassion, hope and really all that  is good in the world. Wouldn't you want to share that with everyone?
What can you do to celebrate the joy of Christmas this season?

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