from Jan at Yearning for God:
Name five things that mark the Christmas season for you:
1. Salvation Army volunteers ringing their bells in front of the Stop and Shop.
One of my Advent devotions is whenever I see the red bucket and hear the bell ringing, I put a dollar in the bucket and shake hands with the volunteer, wish them a Merry Christmas, and thank them for their work.
2. Buying presents not only for my family and friends but for co-workers and for folks in town for whom the town social worker has posted a wish gift.
I love being creative and generous with gift-giving.
3. Christmas movies.
I like the classics like It's a Wonderful Life but I also like any movie that illustrates the power of the incarnation, unusual ones like Temple Grandin, about a brilliant autistic woman in the 1960's and '70's who's now a professor at the University of Colorado; or Seabiscuit, about a horse who was not only healed by those who loved and understood him but who also gave healing to those around him and to a country in the middle of a depression.
4. Thinking about my Christmas Eve meditation so I have some idea what I'm going to say.
You'll have to wait for this one.
5. Getting the Christmas tree and decorating it with my family.
We went this afternoon, to a tree farm we've never been to before but whose price seems reasonable for the quality of trees - $49. I've been looking at it as I've been writing this post. And if you've been reading this blog for a few years, you'll also know I'm looking forward my lifetime Christmas Eve tree tradition.