Friday, December 17, 2010

Holiday Travelogue

We have entered the third week of Advent on the liturgical calendar and are currently driving through the week of joy.

I started my Road Through the Holidays, in November, reading “thanksgiving” scriptures. In December I began researching the avalanche of information that can be found on the internet concerning Advent. I have been steeped in scripture, traditions, denominationalism and history. I have taken quizzes on the scriptures of the Christmas story, surprised when I didn’t make 100.

For the advent weeks of hope, peace, now joy, (and soon love) I am trying to embrace these characteristics and exemplify them. (I should poll my husband, son and co-workers after the season to see if I was successful.)

The initial objective is being met, spending time in the scriptures and “being still.” My holiday expectations have been reduced; a direct reflection of this new route. The rush from season’s past is missing. Do I feel like I’m missing out?

Stopping to ponder that question, assess my feelings, search my heart; the answer is no. There is nothing I’m denying myself. I’m enjoying this new route.

I’ll admit I’m waiting for that Christmas moment. A magical, spirit filled moment of revelation or insight. Perhaps that’s an expectation born of too many Hallmark movies but who doesn’t yearn for the moment when the bell on the Christmas tree tinkles and you know another angel received their wings?

Have you experienced that kind of magicial, Christmas moment?


  1. I'm like you, I think, waiting for that moment and not sure it will happen this year. Spending Christmas alone (husband has golf volunteer duty) and so this will be a first. Though it will be a good day for reflection on the real reason for our celebrations.

  2. Enjoy your time with Jesus, Terri. I pray you experience a special Christmas moment.

  3. I love It's a Wonderful Life. How can you not love it? It's a Christmas tradition around here. Watching it is one of my favorite parts of the holiday.

  4. Stopping by to wish you a wonderful Merry Christmas tomorrow with everyone!

  5. Katie, thanks for stopping by, hope you are having a wonderful time watching It's a Wonderful Life. Merry Christmas.

  6. Terri,we have ripped through the presents, been snacking through the day and are now waiting on the turkey for supper. We have a small crew this holiday but it has been a wonderful one. Wishing you the peace and love of our LORD and savior on this special day.