It’s been an unusual December, as I’m adjusting to having a child in school and now a break from that routine as he’s on winter vacation. It’s also been an unusual December, as my family and I have made a conscious effort to spend this advent season thoughtfully and unhurriedly. All things considered, it’s been a great success.

If you celebrate Christmas, as we do, lighting an advent wreath nightly or having advent calendars for the children creates a calm but exciting ritual the children enjoy. It has been a meaningful way for us to share, as a family, our faith and what it means to us daily. Simple acts of charity are an act of faith, and my children have learned that there is great joy in sharing with others, even if you do not know them.

We certainly have plenty of room for growth, but planting the seeds of faith and charity– and seeing how we can act on them daily– has brought me a sense of peace amidst the rushing world around me.

Regardless of what you believe, the power of ritual and tradition can provide an anchoring presence in your life. Tuning in to those things that make you feel grounded and happy and whole is important; integrating them into your life is profound.


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