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.
Annemarie, thank you for the suggestion. You know, I've thought of having a canned food drive or having the group volunteer during one of our events. We've talked about it a bit. The conclusion has been that we all tend to be people already active in our parishes and communities doing those things. The events tend to be food for our soul by way of being a community of faith so that we can go back to our communities to do the hard work we do in our ministries. We need our social time. But I am thinking of maybe doing a service project as an event in the spring or summer.