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Thank you, dear sweet Lady Dawn .... I've added my name to the "maybe" list ... hoping I can make it!
There are still lots of things to do in order to fend off the dark days. I am cooking the big meal even though my daughter will be out of town for Thanksgiving. I have extended an invitation to several in my parish that I know have no close relatives. I may be alone, but that's still OK.
I took several extra days off that week to prepare my home for Advent. Things are really exciting with a little person in my home. He's excited about a Jesse tree and Advent candles. He's excited about making a gift for his mom, secrets, wrapping gifts, cooking baking and candy making.
When we think about what we don't have, let's give a thought to those who have less. There are shelters that need help. Women's shelters are bursting this time of year, usually at the last minute and children who need to know that there is still magic even in the most dire of circumstances. There are children stuck on the cancer floor. Go read one a book, play a game, listen, pray with them.
Dawn..your get togethers sound fun...why not use one as a planning session...plan a trip for caroling to a seniors center, a wrapping session for Operation Christmas, put a holiday food basket together for donation. Just a thought as we are all active in our churches. We all have a lot of love to give. I hope all of our holiday plans bring us together in love and service to God.
I usually don't have a bad Christmas/Thanksgiving season. It helps having a daughter, so as long as we get to spend time together, it's good.
I also usually get to spend some time with my old high school friends, jeez grade school friends. A lot of us are still local. So, I feel pretty comfortable with them.
But, certainly if anyone is feeling lonely during Advent and Christmas, shout out. There will be lots of people on CM to reach out with love.
I contemplated this today when I heard my first Christmas song on the radio (I know, some of you heard it in September) and I realized I'm not ready. But I have a plan! I am attending a few CM gatherings. I have found I am never uncomfortable or down about the holidays when I know I'll be celebrating with great CM friends! (There are already at least a dozen definite attendees. ) Come join us at the CM Indy Christmas party on the first Sunday of Advent! We'd love to celebrate with you!
I plan on going to a Pro-Life Gala sponsored by the young adults ministry of the Archdiocese of San Antonio in December. I look most certainly forward to it!