Catholics, Christians, celebrated the beginning of Advent this Sunday. The first Advent candle was lit to begin our anticipation of the baby Jesus’ coming.
What an exciting time for Catholics, they begin a new liturgical year with new changes put into place for the celebration of the mass.
How many Christians in Amarillo, everywhere, took advantage of all the great savings on Black Friday? How many more are going to be “clicking” away on Cyber Monday?
We are all filled with excitement and anticipation. Are we excited and anticipating for the right reasons? Do we get so caught up with all the consumerism of Christmas that we forget we are actually in the Advent season right now? Do we forget Christmas season is truly the 12 days after Christmas? Do we forget there are others who probably dread this Christmas because consumerism has suffocated this holiday for so long that they dread what they can’t afford to put under the tree? Do we forget about all the hard workers checking us out as we run about with last minute shopping?
Have you thought about how to incorporate “random acts of kindness” into your daily life or weekly outings? There are so many great blogs and sites out there with specific ideas. There are people who have dedicated all sorts of time to help spread this ripple, to help give a different focus on this advent season.
As a person looks over some of the ideas it can appear overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be big. Your thought doesn’t have to be grand. Your plan doesn’t have to be organized. It can be as simple as:
1. At the grocery store while checking out ask the checker what his/her favorite gum/candy is and have them add it to your receipt. Then give it to them!
2. At the coffee shop, pay for the person behind you.
3. Put candy canes in all your neighbors’ mailboxes.
4. While at the book store pick up an extra children’s book and give it to the first child you see.
5. Any groupon voucher/coupon you may have, put in an envelope and drop it onto a co-workers desk.
These are just a handful of ideas. There are so many more out there.
Whether we do something big, small, planned or random, the point is to do something. We as Christians need to take back our Christmas. We need to remember why we celebrate this glorious season.
*read more from Kelly Frick at frickwrites.blogspot.com