Happy Advent Everyone…

It’s count-down time, the advent calendar is out and we’ve started putting up lights and decorations in our house. I am looking at a pile of unwritten christmas cards, and working out who to send to this year, it seems to be a dying art, due to the cost of postage and how easy it is to communicate otherwise. but I do like writing them.

The point of Advent is a bit like Lent we are supposed to be fasting, in readiness for the big event at Christmas, but mainly this time of year I stagger from a Christmas party to the shops to nativity play and get a series of colds, and try and cram in a ridiculous amount in a short space of time (nothing new there!)

It is supposed be a time for listening and waiting for God to arrive in our lives though, and I am trying this year to make a little bit of space for him to hang-out with me. A good friend of mine lent me a book called Time Management for Busy Mums which is ace! After reading it I’ve turned off the push notifications for Facebook from my smart phone, so I am not constantly checking what someone’s been up to that minute. I’ve also tried to be more organised at work and make lists. I work in an amazing office.. West Offices near the station in York, and we have lockers to put our things in, and hot desk, and I cycle into work, so my whole day is different to how I used to work. I am feeling slightly analogue in a digital world (to quote Len from Strictly) but embracing the changes!

I haven’t made a Christmas wish list yet for me, as its so all-consuming thinking about everything else, but I am keen next year to embrace change, appreciate the small stuff, make more time for us as a family, hug my husband more often and generally just try and chill out and enjoy the great things in my life. I’ve got a fantastic church, home, children, friends, partner and need to spend more time enjoying things as well as planning them!

Love hearing the Christmas verses from the Bible too…

Luke 2: v1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

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