For Advent this year I’m participating in the #AdventWord project from Anglican Communion’s Global Advent Calendar with a daily meditation on the word for the day.

Yesterday we purchased a fragrant fir and put it in our living room.

The lights and the ornaments are on the tree.

Stockings are hung from an archway (urban apartments have no chimneys).

When I was a kid we always made these preparations for Christmas in mid-December and we keep to that tradition today. Unlike the contemporary rush to get everything up at Thanksgiving – or earlier – and then tossing everything on the curb on December 26.

I prefer to ease into Christmas, taking some time to open my heart before opening gifts, and then wallowing in the long Christmas that follows.

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