Anticipation is almost – or used to be – almost synonymous with Advent. Children made their Christmas lists by scouring the catalogues from Toys ‘R Us and Sears, and watching the same ten commercials on television hundreds of times. Once their lists were made, the anticipation just grew. I remember hearing my children discussing their “best” gifts and wagering about which of them would get the new basketball or the NFL football. They were just as curious to see what their siblings would get as they were about their own gifts. As Christmas day drew closer and closer, they tried so hard to behave! (Somehow they got the idea that I had the power to call the whole thing off.)
As my kids got older, becoming teenagers and going off to college, I worked hard to keep the surprises coming. It was much harder. One needed a new laptop for school, and another one needed a suitcase or a plane ticket. I insisted, though, on some surprises, and I still do today. I never want them to lose the sense of anticipation that comes with the Season of Advent. I think in many ways it’s more important now than ever to make sure our days are imbued with the hope that Advent promises. If we can keep hope alive in our lives – the hope for a more peaceful world, the hope for a world that protects our children and allows them to be children for as long as possible, and the hope for fresh chances for each of us to make things right in our lives – then we can teach our children to believe in the possibilities presented by new days and new opportunities.
In small ways, our busy lives and the need to be efficient eat away at the element of surprise and not knowing. As tempting as it might be to try to please your daughter and let her pick out that new outfit ahead of time, or to let your son try out that new game, try to resist. Don’t let a Christmas list become a list of demands. Make sure there are still uncertainties. It takes a little more effort, but it’s worth it. You will find that your children enjoy the anticipation, maybe not right away, but it’s never too late to learn to wait, to wonder and to be surprised.
Christmas Gift Ideas:
Please note: Every year we receive assistance from different families and other friends so that we can help some of our families have a wonderful Christmas. If you need some help this Christmas, please contact me by email or in person. In the past we have helped with trees, gifts, meals, etc., and we want to make sure that each Lourdes family is able to celebrate Christmas, so please let me know.
15 Parent – Administration Coffee, 8:45am – 9:45am – Please join us!
16 Mass, noon
20 Christmas Pageant, Church, 6:30pm (Please note: This is a time change!) Followed by a reception in the gym
21 Delayed opening – School begins at 9:00am,
Half-day, dismissal at 12:10pm, NO ASC
Christmas Vacation Begins
3 School resumes
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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