“For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night.” (1 Thessalonians 5:2)
This year I’m running a short series on preparing for Advent. Together, for the next four Mondays, we will prepare our Homes, our Bodies, our Minds and our Hearts to celebrate the Birth of the King.
Grab a cuppa and join me?
Preparing your Body (and the bodies of those around you.)
True Story: Last Christmas Eve, we were zipping about the house getting ready to head out to 5p Mass. Hubs feels (and I have to say I agree,) that we go to Mass every Sunday and we for sure are NOT going to stand for Christmas Mass. Our plan was to head out no later than 4p, I’d grab a pew and the girls could play a bit outside before Mass began.
So, the girls are looking totes adorbs in their Christmas Dresses. Their faces are clean and their hair is all done. I tell them it’s time to get their shoes and the stark realization hits me: THEY HAVE NO DRESS SHOES. My girls went to Christmas Mass in running shoes.
The point of preparing the body is to make sure you have all of your ducks in a row with respect to everything you need for events during Advent and Christmas.
1. Go through your closets
This echoes a bit from last week’s post about de-cluttering the house to make room for the influx of new decor and yet, we don’t think about it until it’s a bit too late. Take a peek and your closet and the closet of your littles. Start planning outfits for Mass (both Advent and Christmas if you are so inclined.) I make a point of wearing Liturgical colors during Advent, so I make sure I have 3 purple based outfits and one rose based one. Make sure you have accessories: belts, bows, earrings, tights, socks, shoes, jewelry, whatever you need to complete the outfits. Keep a list near the closet or on your dresser of things that need to be replaced. Visit the gals at FLAP for Mass outfit inspiration if needed!
2. Make appointments for haircuts, dental check-ups, yearly physicals
Another bad habit of mine? Waiting for the last minute to see if my stylist can squeeze us in for a trim and then I am inevitably mad (at myself) when she can’t. Advent and Christmas is a time for pictures, so call an make the needed appointments for yourself and your kiddos for haircuts if needed. This is also a good time to schedule yearly physicals (we tend to do ours in January) and dental check-ups.
3. Eat in moderation
Beginning with Thanksgiving, we all seem to go into eat mode. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older, but I am realizing that I can’t eat like I used to without having some digestive issues! Rather than looking at the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas as a gorge-fest, try to keep your normal eating patterns with the occasional treat here and there. Make Christmas cookies and treats… don’t eat all said cookies and treats. Pass on the midnight turkey sandwich. Get out for a walk or some other exercise. No one wants to spend Advent and Christmas balled up in bed with upset tummies!
Jesse Tree Day 1: Creation
Scripture Reading: Gen. 1: 24-28
24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Whether you are an evolutionist or a creationist or somewhere in-between, there is one thing you can’t deny. We have been given quite a gift in this planet that we are living on and while we were given authority over it, we were also given the duty to take care of it. The creation of the Heavens and Earth was the first act by God and all other acts flow from it. Without the Earth, there would have neither been a Garden of Eden nor would there have been a primordial ooze out of which the earliest creatures had slinked. If we do not take care of God’s creation, a creation that he entrusted to us, who will? I mean, think back to when you were a teen. If you borrowed your parents’ car and brought it back wrecked, that’s not being a good steward, is it? Well, same thing goes for God’s creation. Easy-Peasy.
-What physical aspect of Advent/ Christmas tends to sneak up on you?
-Have you ever forgotten about shoes, coats, hats?
- How else can you prepare your body for Advent?
Join me tomorrow for a Coffee Date?