Friday Five

Friday Five: Delinquent Edition

As posted by kathrynzj at RevGalBlogPals:

The background of the situation is that a few years ago, Songbird reminded me that I had the Friday Five. I told her – quite adamantly – that I was one she would never have to worry about. I keep close track of such things.

As we were driving from having a beautiful breakfast with my sister, brother-in-law, nephew and brand new niece this morning you can imagine my dismay as Songbird said, “I hope whoever had the Friday Five today remembered to do it.”


So for today, if you are still there, the Friday Five is this:
It’s a busy season and our minds get caught up in lots of different things (a shiny new baby, in my case). We all know that especially during this time of year we have to be intentional about the things that are important or we can lose them. What are five things you try to be intentional about, whether it be for this season specifically or in general?

First of all, heeheehee.

And now my five.

1) I don’t rush to get all the decorations out/up/etc. When my kids were younger, I read Madeleine L’Engle’s charming book, The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas, which is an Austin family story. Mrs. Austin intentionally builds to Christmas slowly. I love that, and it’s been a guide for me ever since. For now that means we have lights on the tree, but no ornaments yet. Maybe Sunday. (And really, it’s pretty early for the tree by my standards.)

2) I listen to Christmas music. It’s all loaded on my iPod, and I use it not to ramp up but to slow down. It’s an eccentric collection, everything from Handel to Sufjan Stevens to my old church choir. The music makes me happy and reminds me that the season is more than simply tasks to accomplish.

3) I watch Christmas movies. Two years ago, working in a very busy church setting, I did not do my usual movie-watching, and I really missed it. Here’s a short list of the movies we own and love:

The Bishop’s Wife
Miracle on 34th Street
It’s a Wonderful Life
Muppets Christmas Carol

We also have some childhood favorites, and last year LP and I managed to watch Rudolph and really enjoyed it.

4) I plan ahead for worship. Most of the time, I may have a seasonal theme in mind, but I write liturgies and plan worship services in the week they’re occurring. Not true for Advent and Christmas. I plan ahead, because I know that takes off some of the pressure and allows me to enjoy the texts and the experiences more in the moment.

5) This year, I’m reading an Advent Devotional from Chalice Press, written by the wonderful Lia Scholl. It’s the last thing I do at night, and I love it already.

Thank you, kzj, for asking the question, delinquent or not!

5 thoughts on “Friday Five: Delinquent Edition”

  1. I have to admit that I am a secular Christmas Scrooge. We don't decorate. Not even an advent wreath because it will still be there in the midst of Lent. Here on the classical radio station the day after T'giving it was all day long christmas music. I hate that! I like to build up to Christmas–if the classical music station is just like the mall I can't seem to escape. But Christmas Eve is my most precious celebration of God. It is the center of my theology and the most profound part of my Christian faith. I know Easter is supposed to be that, but the Incarnation is far more important to me than even Resurrection. Us silly Anglicans!

  2. I almost did the "slowly building" in the sanctuary at the church this year…I'm going to be more intentional about that next year. Thanks for the nudge.

  3. Music is such a critical part of my seasonal peace. I prefer the traditional carols and favorites, but there are a handful of secular pieces that I cherish, too.

  4. I love that Madeleine L'Engle book…I wish I had read it when my kids were still small.Like Muthah+ I'm a bit of a scrooge…I'm just never ready when the rest of the world is. I think I need a few extra weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas…but that's not going to happen!

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