Today was the first Sunday in Advent. Advent means “coming,” and this season is for quiet reflection and waiting for what is to come–the birth of Jesus.
I have decided to try and enjoy this season. This time of year when the days are the shortest and the darkest of the whole year could be the hardest yet. However, as a wise one told me today, “If you don’t have enough fun in your life, you’ve got to go out and make your own.”
It seems like the children started talking about Christmas early this year. Maybe it started after Aub’s birthday in September. I can’t remember exactly, but it for sure started in earnest after our Princess’ birthday two weeks ago. I know it’s part of being a child, dreaming and wishing, but I could only take so much. I don’t like all the “I want” talk. I especially cannot handle the lists changing ten days out. Enough is enough. And we have enough. So I started a “new tradition” last week. On Wednesday I told my crew to write their letters, finalize their lists, whatever it took. Wednesday was the last day to pick their three things to ask for. They are allowed to put three things on their lists. They might get other things, they might not, but the three is a good guide to let them dream and not go too crazy.
Wednesday. Now there will be no more talking of wish lists and “what I want for Christmas.” That’s the new rule. Shhh. Tight lipped. Tick-a-lock. My thinking was get it out of the way and then let’s enter the Thanksgiving season, with an emphasis on Thanks as well as Giving. So now we are in the waiting period of Advent in our home, but I’m also going to challenge us to celebrate a time of Giving. Each day I want us to think of something to do or give (not necessarily bought–we’re gonna get creative here) to surprise someone. How much fun could that be?
Yes, I know, it could be stressful, but I’m going to do my best not to let it become so. As Mama would say, “It’s all for the fun of it.” And it’s time to make our own fun. Because you are never too old to run and hide and play games with your siblings or your children or surprise someone out of the blue.
Tonight after I talked with the littles about our plan for GivingFun, I heard Cooter as he walked out of the room, sharing his thoughts in the only way he knows how to–loudly. “I think we should go out and sing Christmas songs and raise money to help our friends who are homeless.”
For the love.
So if you see us standing around somewhere singing Christmas songs with a baseball hat on the ground in front of us, “Will you please put a penny in the old man’s hat?”** We may be out of tune, most likely will, but just know we are having a blast and it will go to a good cause. It’s the season for waiting and quiet reflection and, as our family’s new tradition dictates, a time of having fun with the Giving of the season. (So it might not be so quiet around here.)
It’s all about sharing the Love and Light and Hope in the darkness. Wanna join us? It’s bound to be an Adventure for sure.
**from the song “Christmas is Coming” Here. Take a peek. And yes, it’s the Muppets version. Focusing on fun here, remember?