I have come to fall in love with teaching in Catholic schools. What are YOU in love with?...

"Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything." - Pedro Arrupe

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Already dreaming of Christmas...?

Are you kidding me? Christmas lights already? The thought just made my skin crawl. (I was pleasantly surprised to find that the lights just belonged to one of the local bars...but then I was equally distressed that they were the colors of Ohio State, complete with a giant blow-up Buckeye mascot out front.)

Maybe Christmas was on my mind yesterday because the NBC Today Show on Saturday had a clip about how holiday shopping is already underway. 

Yes, you read that correctly. 

Pretty soon Christmas is going to be year-round...but at what cost? When it's constantly surrounding us and dragged out for months and focused on Santa and presents, it loses its true meaning. (Does the saying Keep Christ in Christmas come to mind right now?)

Nowadays, there are fewer and fewer hold-outs. (You know, the ones who refuse to listen to Christmas music till after Thanksgiving and who believe in homemade gifts or ones you can get at the store up until a few days before Christmas, sale or no sale?) But I'm planning to stay one of them. There's still a long way till December 25th...and a lot to do to prepare our hearts (especially during Advent) before then. 

And, to top it all off, why rush Fall?

1 comment:

  1. I don't have a problem with shopping early. You can buy gifts anytime to give anytime. That's cool.

    I do find myself becoming a Scrooge about things like decorations and music, though. I saw a minivan last week with a tree strapped to the top. I was upset that Christmas creep has gotten so ridiculous, and I was worried that the family won't be able to keep the tree alive until Christmas Day!