It’s approaching. Christmas is but weeks away, and it's time to pull out that special feeling reserved for the holiday of holidays.
Perhaps more special than Christmas itself, is the anticipation. When I visited my sister’s family last week, my oldest nephew (of four and a half) told me everything he wanted for Christmas. Basically, he picked out everything in the toy catalogue, except the “girly stuff”. When asked if he looked forward to Santa’s visit, he replied only with a shy grin.
Preparations and plans are being made all about. I’ve received numerous invitations to various Christmas parties, -dinners and -workshops.
At work there is a different Christmas spirit – that of commercialism and stress. Not my favourite kind of Christmas spirit, but after having spent quite a few holidays working over the past eight years, it’s a part of what Christmas is to me.
In short, advent is a busy time. As a student, it is inevitably connected to exams. This year I’m in the privileged position that I don’t have any (for the first time since 2004). I do, however, have deadlines, so I am busier than ever. We’ll see how many of my invitations will have “sorry, not this time” as their RSVP.
In the end, it is important to try to take a step back in the time prior to Christmas, and enjoy it. Take the time to light a candle, have a cup of hot chocolate and listen to some favourite carols. Relax, sit back, and try not to let the stress get to you. Spend some time with friends and family – after all, isn’t it usually for them we go through all the stress in the first place?
One of the things I’ve always liked about advent is advent calendars. The Burrow started last year what looks like it might become a tradition – our very own advent calendar. Where I come from, these are usually given to kids with one gift for every day prior to Christmas Eve. The gifts are often small toys or candy. The Burrow’s calendar is of the less materialistic kind, as it consists of a drabble and a picture each day. Please visit us at http://www.the-burrow.org/ for a treat every day for the upcoming 24 days.