It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like YOU KNOW WHAT!

December 1, 2005

I am sitting at my desk (piled high with lessons and mail and all kind of other JUNK), watching itty bitty flurries swirl around ever so slightly outside my window! The first itty bitty flurries of the season! It looks like our more northerly neighbors are seeing more than itty bitty flurries–maybe they can let us know what their weather is like!

Anyway, it’s Thursday and I’ve had a challenging week. Mostly because my Brownie Troop sold nuts and candy and this was the week that the money was due. It was a lot of paperwork and a lot of hassle, and three parents still owe me money, but I think we’ll make it out alive! I hope so, anyway.

This weekend is the Christmas Parade in Henderson. Now, when I first moved here and went to my very first Christmas parade, I was most surprised! If you think that Henderson’s Christmas Parade would be a small, rag tag event, you are WRONG! It’s actually very delightful and a lot longer than you might expect it to be with lots of floats and cars and marching groups. Brownie Troop 981 has a float in the parade and until this morning, I thought I was going to miss all of the fun. Fortunately/Unfortunately, the class I was supposed to attend in Hopkinsville was postponed. It’s good because I now get to be in the parade, but it’s bad because they rescheduled it for next weekend which is when I was going to take my Brownies Christmas Caroling.

Christmastime is a wonderful time to work in a church. The ladies have made the church look absolutely beautiful this year! I love Poinsettias and lights and candles and nativity sets and wreaths! Plus I love celebrating the season of Advent–a season of waiting for the coming of the Messiah–both in remembrance of the first time He came and in anticipation of the next time he will come. I love the music and the children’s programs and little shepherds tripping over their robes and miniature angels trying not to lose their halos. I try to remember what it was like to be a child and how Christmas couldn’t come soon enough (and felt like it took forever to arrive!)–and I’m trying to recapture that feeling even though I’m an adult who is far too aware that there are not nearly enough shopping days until Christmas and that it’s entirely possible the money will run out before the gift list is complete! It seems that the true meaning and the true joy and peace get a little more lost in the hustle and bustle each year.

What exactly happened to peace on earth?

Well, anyway, enjoy your itty bitty flurries, or you great big flurries, or your warm tropical sunshine wherever you are!

3 responses to It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like YOU KNOW WHAT!

  1. It’s quite flurrisome up here! My students kept telling me it was a blizzard and that surely we should go home. I love teaching for reasons like that because it helps me to remember what it was like to be a kid. Yet, I hate moments like that because now I can relate to why teachers got so irritated when we’d ask such silly questions like those.

    It sounds like your December will be filled with lots of holiday cheer!

  2. You said, “Plus I love celebrating the season of Advent–a season of waiting for the coming of the Messiah–both in remembrance of the first time He came and in anticipation of the next time he will come.”

    I don’t think I’ve ever really known what advent is. We always celebrated it in church when I was younger and at home sometimes… but I didn’t ever realize that it was “a season of waiting for the coming Messiah”. Any I definitely never thought of it in terms of his second coming! Anyhow… your post has had me seriously reflecting on his second coming over the past few days… and it has been fantastic!!! I’ve been contemplating it in my mind and sort of talking with the Lord about it. :o)

  3. “Advent” means coming or arrival and at least in the Presbyterian Church it also means the second arrival.

    Lectionary readings during Advent are about both arrivals, as well are the Advent hymns.

    Most people only think about it as the birth in the manger, though.