Something I wrote in December 2007 when House for All Sinners and Saints was 8 people who met once a month in my living room:
People keep asking me this question: “So, are you ready for Christmas?” What does this mean exactly? It could mean; “So, have you exchanged bits of paper and metal and plastic for other bits of paper and metal and plastic and then wrapped the new paper and metal and plastic in colored paper, marked them with the names of your family members and put them under a tree which has been cut down from where it grows but now stands in your home (or is also comprised of metal and plastic and lives the rest of the year in a box in a room under which it now stands)? And have you also combined food stuffs so that they have no nutritional value but make those who eat them magically become bigger each day that they are ‘getting ready for Christmas’?” Or does the question “So, are you ready for Christmas?” mean “So, are you fully prepared to receive the one who brings God to humans and humans to God by being both human and God?” The answer to the first is “No. I haven’t had time” the answer to the second is “I’m not sure I really can be”
I’m ready for Christmas because after this season of Advent I really need to hear the story of Christ’s birth again. I need to hear about how God enters fully into the muck of our existence and brings new life. I’m ready for that because I know that I need it.