Advent has always been a really special time for me.  I have great childhood memories of growing up and having special traditions during Advent.  Advent is the time of preparation and and expectant waiting for the celebration of the nativity of Christ. Sometimes it gets kind of lost in the whole “celebration” of the holiday.   We are supposed to be preparing for Christ–not preparing for all the commercialism.  I get lost in it all.  I will be the first to admit that.  It is not hard.  I’ve got the Fab sales, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday thing going at times.   I don’t think that there is really anything wrong with it as long as the real focus does not get lost.

This is the first Sunday of Advent–the candle of Hope is lit today.  Hope can embody many things.  According to Wikipedia hope is

Hope is the emotional state which promotes the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life.[1] It is the “feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best” or the act of “look[ing] forward to with desire and reasonable confidence” or “feel[ing] that something desired may happen”. [2] Other definitions are “to cherish a desire with anticipation”; “to desire with expectation of obtainment”; or “to expect with confidence”.[3] In the English language the word can be used as either a noun or a verb, although hope as a concept has a similar meaning in either use.

During this time of expectant waiting and anticipation my “hope” for each of you is that you find hope of your own this season.



  1. great post for this Advent Sunday! With all the things that must be bought, wrapped, baked, cleaned and decorated….it is so true that we can easily lose sight of the “reason for the season!”.

  2. I grew up celebrating Advent in Germany, but since we have lived here it has gone by the way- side. I loved this post and in a way needed it…Hope…I will light that first candle tonight!!!! Thanks. I wish you and yours a beautiful holiday season.

    • Thank you for commenting, Susi!!! It has been a very odd year for us and I needed to be reminded myself of hope and what this advent season means. Wishing you and yours a wonderful blessed season also!!! 🙂

  3. How bad has it gotten? They, want Christ out of Christmas, and God out of everything. Until…. Something severe or tragic affects them personally or they are wanting, then who do they cry out to? Thank you for reminding us all of the purpose of “The Season.” Advent brings back memories of childhood for me as well.

    • I love this time of year. From going to hear The Messiah to making tons of Christmas cookies to coming up with codes to label the presents with—-it was all good!!! But I have to keep centered and remind myself of what it is all about…so easy to get lost in it all!

  4. It is funny.. Susi is a real life friend of mine, who I am thrilled has become, like me, a bloggy friend of yours. She was emailing me earlier today and asked me if I saw you post, and told me how poignant and true it was. I had to click right over to read it, and she was right. Like you, I have had an odd and hard year. It is so easy to get wrapped up in everything, and focus on the bad and not the possitive.. like hope. We all need to make sure we open our eyes and hearts to hope. Thank you for this post. I needed it.

  5. Thanks for helping me refocus, Beth Ann. Life’s been a bit crazy for me the past couple of months, and December could easily fall into that pattern.

    • Aw Patti–we all need a nudge now and then and I am certainly no exception. I think your life is probably crazier than most with all you have going on and the thing is it just gets worse around the holidays. Hang in there and take it one day at a time remembering that their is a bigger reason that we are all here!!! Hugs!


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