The second week of Advent is upon us; perhaps we are fasting and praying in accordance with our religious traditions of Advent being a small Lent. Perhaps we are feeling weary from having a holiday season that is moving rather fast; the fatigue that comes from trying to create perfect holiday memories for the children or the fatigue of spending.
I invite you this week to go back to the true meaning of Advent. Perhaps this is the week you really think heartily about that question that truly seems to afflict first-world citizens more than others: how much do we really need to “get”? What are we giving? How much do our children really “need”? Is that what they are going to associate this season with – getting?
Staring new traditions can be difficult. I was reading the post on gratitude the other day on the blog A Holy Experience and how they exchange no gifts at all and instead choose gifts from catalogues designed to help others – giving the gifts of animals, trees, seeds, bees. If you are thinking about new traditions, I don’t think it is ever too late to start. I saw this post on Simple Mom regarding supporting mothers in need for the holidays here: http://simplemom.net/csp/ Perhaps a tradition along these lines will be of interest to your family.
Here are some nourishing ideas for this second week of Advent. Continue reading