Some of us have learned how to spend a lot of time with ourselves this past year. Maybe we have discovered we needed some time for rest and reflection. It has made some of us start to contemplate who we are in our deepest selves and slow down and pay attention.
It has been a time where we have started to ask ourselves some questions about how to best celebrate Christmas in new ways. How do we celebrate without having a long list of responsibilities? What do we believe Christmas should be about?
Do we need to clear all the decorations away to find the natural beauty of the tree underneath? Do we long for a Christmas with no rules, no expectations, and no task list?
Do we hunger to make each moment a time for reflection? Can we enjoy watching the fire in the fireplace and the beauty of the snow on the ground?
It might mean an evening of reading to give our hearts and minds an opportunity to allow a contemplative Christmas to happen. It is taking the time to open ourselves to spiritual life.
The exciting thing about practicing a contemplative Christmas does not mean you need new decorations or clothes. All we need to do is choose a new book with a maybe a side of chocolate. It is about letting go not going more places and doing more things. It is about taking time to rest, reflect, and remember.
As we end this challenging year, in the midst of the darkest and shortest days of the year, let us discover new life. Can we let the Christ child’s birth new hope in our hearts? “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17-19).