This morning, I sat watching this video from my friend Father Roderick Vonhögen of SQPN.com and pondering the current — undecorated — state of my home.
This year, I actually put quite a lot of thought and effort into my Advent wreath. My mother in law and I drove to a local Christmas tree farm to choose a living wreath to replace the raggedy old fake one I’ve been using for years. I stepped up from my old partially-burned taper candles to new ones that I’d purchased a year ago at a monastery I visited. The red tablecloth is obviously liturgically incorrect for the season, but my husband drew the line at a purple one. The “bling” in the center happened because this was a candleholder I’ve had for years and love, but it obviously has five glass holders. We may end up throwing a white candle in there, but a friend gifted me that purple ornament last week and it sort of just landed there.
I am not opposed to putting my Christmas tree up early, but at this point, I am also not feeling compelled to do so. I want it to happen on a day when our family can gather and spend a bit of time together enjoying the moment. With the rate things are going, that may be Christmas Eve.
And you, are you decorated — both literally and mentally — for Christmas or are you holding off? How has your Advent been so far?