i was amazed at all the stores having sales beginning at 5AM today!
when i was a kid people called the day after thanksgiving black friday due the first day of "christmas shopping." i know it is a commercial, consumer driver, capitalistic invention.
every year i make concerted efforts to stay away from heavy gift-giving & getting caught up in the mad frenzy.
i learned from a beloved friend, virginia, to look all year long for that something special for that someone special.
these have been sitting here since march 2005, when virginia gave them to me to save for december 25, 2005.
i just read that the word advent means "both to go and to come." while i am not a christian, there is something appealing about this time of year holding the possibilities of grace, or rather, being held in grace. i have in the past made the effort to attend Catholic mass every sunday in advent. i only go to one church, it is old & trditional in architecture, but the homily is often more humanitarian & open-minded than i recall as a school girl in Catholic parochial school.
jan always makes homemade greeting cards & presents. she has been working on this year's batch for weeks!