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Scott P. Richert

Reviving Advent: The Home Stretch

By December 19, 2013

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For many of us, this final week of Advent before Christmas is the most hectic of the year.Detail of a Fontanini Nativity scene during Advent, before the Christ Child is placed in the manger on Christmas Eve. (Photo © Amy J. Richert) Between office Christmas parties and "holiday" pageants at our children's schools, we're baking Christmas cookies and trying to squeeze in some last-minute shopping. And in the process, our nerves get frazzled, and we lose sight of what Christmas really means.

The tension and the stress and the frenetic pace, however, make this the perfect time to stop, take a deep breath, and take stock of our souls. Setting aside a few minutes here and there throughout the day to concentrate on Christ will not only help us prepare to celebrate Christmas with greater joy, but bring us peace right now, when we need it most.

We can't, of course, do everything that we might like to do, but here are a few ideas to consider:

Don't worry about not having enough time. If you take the time to remember that Christ is the reason, not only for Christmas, but for the Advent season, you'll find that you'll have more than enough time--you'll have eternity.

(Detail of a Fontanini Nativity scene during Advent, before the Christ Child is placed in the manger on Christmas Eve. Photo © Amy J. Richert)

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December 20, 2007 at 11:52 pm
(1) Gatomon41 says:

Thanks Scott for your advice and suggestions for this Christmas! :)

December 22, 2009 at 10:58 am
(2) Tom Piatak says:

Excellent suggestions, Scott.

December 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm
(3) Dee says:

If we stop and make time for Jesus first He give us all the time we need to do everything else

December 18, 2012 at 6:15 pm
(4) Lalitha says:

Thank you for reminding the things we have to do to celebrate Baby Jesus’s birthday.

December 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm
(5) Salvy says:

Technically, to me anyway, Advent could be the 9 months Mary carried Jesus in her womb. I don’t know how much of that is talked about in our faith but I know from now on I’m going to start reminding people during Advent season how Christ was first here on earth inside the safety of Mary’s womb, and the chosen people did not practice abortion or kill their young, (with very few exception), which historically it seems committing infanticide was not uncommon in every other ancient culture, and why the Jews were the first chosen people of God.
By the way, there is some question whether Abram or Abraham was actually Hebrew but it’s on record where things went from there.

December 19, 2012 at 3:19 am
(6) umaru says:

What a nice way of bringing us to know and worship the baby Jesus in a special way. Thanks.

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