Pressing on.

December 13, 2011 § 2 Comments

Holidays are not for the mentally ill.  All the change in routine, the extra people, the money management, the sugar, the shortening days.  It’s maddening for the perfectly sane.

I thrive in ordinary time, days well guarded by white space and rhythm.

I find respite in Advent calendars.  Tiny doors and boxes opened one day at a time, in linear progression, moving forward in time toward a magnificent goal — the celebration of the Incarnate Deity, and lengthening days.

In November, I start with the lists — I write out every special meal, party, church service, play date, shopping trip, and phone call I will have to make for the month of December.  Then I fill in as much normal activity as I possibly can.  I highlight the mundane days, the totally normal trips to the grocery store, the daily trek to the YMCA.  I do my best to keep my head down, and plow ahead in faith.

 

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§ 2 Responses to Pressing on.

  • Karen says:

    oooh – what’s that a picture of? Is it an advent calendar where you pull stuff out to make a nativity? It looks SUPER cool! Can’t seem to make it bigger to see… is it yours? Where did you get it? SO many questions 🙂

    • mosesface says:

      Karen, I know this is from what feels like forever ago, but I wanted to answer! It is our Advent calendar. I filled it with pieces of a Playmobil nativity set. I bought the actual calendar box thing at Target years and years ago. I just wanted to do something other than candy. It ended up being a major highlight of Advent and Christmas this year! The girls loved it, and Bea is just old enough to appreciate the mystery, the suspense of what’s coming next.

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