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!