Our Little Ones Remind of the True Reason for the Holiday Season
The Holidays are upon us. Our kids are drooling over the Toy-R-Us catalog that came in Sunday’s paper. Our schedules are insane. Parties, gifts to buy, food to prepare, homes to adorn, school programs to attend, but why … what is it reason for the season? My 4 year old reminded us all of this in a very simple way after school one afternoon.
Madame Butterfly tore into her backpack early last week as we got home from school carpool to very proudly show me her “waiting” calendar. She announced, very proudly, that it was advent and she had made a very special Advent wreath and calendar for us to share with her. She said, “Mommy, Advent means waiting.”
Yes, it does. The holidays are about waiting and preparing our hearts and minds for the true reason for the season. We don’t need anything fancy. Nothing covered in twinkle lights or holly to do this.
Each day Madame Butterfly adds a sticker and counts down the days until baby Jesus arrives. She, at 4, is more aware and ready for the coming Christmas than most of us. Then she walks over to the the clay and birthday candle advent wreath that she made, has me light the appropriate candles, looks at it for a moment, and blows them out. Then she’s off to her toys. It’s that simple.
Nothing fancy about Advent. Nothing fancy necessary. We count the days, we light a simple candle, we prepare for a baby’s birth.
Merry Christmas. Happy waiting.