Stopping to Smell the Poinsettas

home comfort indeed

Hand-knit Advent Calendar, Country Living Magazine, December 2007

We celebrated the first Sunday of Advent this weekend at church by lighting the first purple candle in the Christmas wreath. It’s one of many traditions that I don’t realize I’m attached to until it is happening and I feel a sense of peace. Among the many other things I’m working on to become this better version of myself (Africankelli 2.0?), includes taking more time for my faith. It is fundamental to who I am and yet I always feel this nagging tug that I’m not giving it enough attention.
This holiday season, I’m going to focus doubly on spending time in prayer, meditation and thinking of Christ. For me, that is what Christmas should be about — even though I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a wee bit excited to cook, wrap, bake and enjoy a peppermint mocha or two.

how fun would this be

I hope your holiday season is off to a peaceful start too,

12 Replies to “Stopping to Smell the Poinsettas”

  1. a friend (who has since moved away, sniff!) and I used to joke- we are gonna be so awesome when we’re 40! (only a few more years to achieve this awesomeness!)

    Also reminds me of Fiona Apple- Better Version of Me.

  2. Ahh – this post is like a breath of fresh air for me today. It really is the perfect time of year to hit the reset button and see that we’re focusing our attention on what truly matters.

    And everything goes better with a peppermint mocha, no? 😉

  3. I just want to say “ditto” to everything you said up there..We had a multi-denominational service at my college chapel last night and they lit the first purple candle, it was the first time I had seen that tradition, but I think it’s really cool..What denomination does that come from?

  4. There is a special feeling at Christmas I wish could be shared year-round and is a tangible pull on our souls. It is that sense of community and hope in rejoicing the sacredness of this season. I’m deliberately slowing down this Christmas month so I can honor it properly.

  5. I always enjoy reading your blog, but today’s post really moved me. One year my entire family (adults and kids) opted out of all of the traditional Christmas activities, including exchanging gifts, and we spent the entire season “being Christ” to others. It was awesome. In fact, we never returned to the gift-giving frenzy, but baking was back at the top of the list. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas experience this year. God Bless.

  6. A really wonderful post Kelli…I have been thinking about the same subject. I think so many times we get caught up with all of the worldly part of Christmas. Here that would be Santa, the lights on the house, the shopping, etc. And then we try to fit the birth of Christ in where space is left. I don’t know why that just occured to me to switch it around…to put the birth of the saviour first and then fit in everything else afterward. Hmmm…simple, but overlooked on our part.

  7. Believe me, I understand (all too well???) the desire to become a better version of oneself… However, I would like to point that AfricanKelli 1.0 rocks out loud and I love her. If she wants to make some changes, that’s fine. But she certainly doesn’t need to…

    That having been said – tell me more about this Advent calendar you’ve got displayed. LOVE.IT. I’m not familiar with Country Living magazine… Would I be able to find it at a Borders, perhaps??? ’cause if I got started now, I might be done by next xmas…

  8. Ooh, I wanted to do an Advent calendar so badly this year. I can’t believe December is here already.

    The spiritual side of the holidays has seemed to switch from opt-out to opt-in in recent years, hasn’t it? In my family it gradually got racheted back from lighting the wreath and saying the Advent prayer every night to the push to stay up for midnight Mass to merely refraining from opening anything but stockings before church in the morning to church immediately followed by Silver Fizzes (champagne + frozen lime juice + cream = gross, but my dad is insistent). Ah well.

    Though religion has taken more of a back seat with me lately, I’m looking forward to a Christmas that’s really all about my family being together. We’re going away rather than staying home, so nobody has to cook or clean or be focused on anything other than one another, and I think it’s going to be great.

Comments are closed.