My Advent List

diy-christmas-advent-calendar-6Advent is the time of celebration and preparation of the Christian church for the coming of the Christ.  It means we prepare not just our homes and our trees but also our hearts to receive the gift of LOVE which was given to us.

For homes where Christmas is not so much a spiritual holiday it is often also a time of preparation for a time of giving and receiving gifts.

Today many of you broke out the little calendar with numbers from one to 25 with little chocolate treats behind the numbers to help count down the days to Christmas.  I’ve been buying those little calendars for my Grandkids for 18 years.  I hope Grandpa Bee remembered to get them delivered today because I am away and can’t do it.

In my home we had a special little calendar which hung on the wall where you could put candy and notes.  The little mouse moves each day to the next spot.  I recall a lovely 10 inch carved wooden tree I bought for my daughter and her family.  It had a drawer for each day under the tree and an ornament was found in each of the drawers to hang on the tree.

The advent calendars may seem a little odd but I found them helpful when it came to the constant asking about “is it Christmas yet.”  For children, to whom time is a new and illusive concept it gives some concrete way to measure the days and calms the excited hearts a little.

For me Advent began on Sunday when, in my church, we “hung the greens” and talked about many of the symbols of Christmas.  It was a fun time of learning about how to prepare our hearts to receive the Christ child and all that means to us.

A thoughtful person at church who is on our Outreach Committee designed an advent calendar for us with ideas each day for reaching out and making the season better for others.  A similar calendar can be found on The Ultimate List of Advent Family Activities.

In my own private preparation for Christmas it means taking time each day to read some scripture and a reflection in a wonderful book I have which includes the wisdom of St. Augustine.  Today he reminded me God has no need of me but here I am anyway.  What a gift that is.

There are hundreds of ways to celebrate the season and hundreds of reasons to celebrate the season.  I hope you find your reason and a way to make it more meaningful for yourself, those you love, your community and the world.

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About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises, I work as an "Associate Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and soon to be, spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 20 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. My own passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director. I am studying with the Ontario Jubilee Program. This new field I believe puts all my talents with people into one place which and may​ become something I can continue into retirement. Supporting people is what I do best. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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