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It's just hit me that it's Christmas really soon - December completely got away from me and the week in hospital took me completely out of the loop.

We're already in that phase where I simply don't go out or arrange things because of the shortage of taxis, the crowds and chaos and the fact that enough happens around me anyway.

I honestly still had it in my head that it was a couple of weeks away at least. Heh. Completely disoriented.

So while I'll cheerfully and gratefully receive any good tidings and cards that people throw at me, I'm not going to be doing anything much for anyone else. (Sorry).

This also means that my to-do list of mostly medical things that have to be arranged probably can't be arranged now because its that impossible time of year already.

Going to be doing well if I book the roast chook for Christmas Day, quite frankly.

Tomorrow I will do my best to get Cylon Santa up on the front door at least.


I'd like to something devotional this year though. At this time of year I often wish to but it falls by the wayside due to illhealth, lack of planning and (ironically) the various other seasonal obligations and I then find myself at a loss at how to go about getting myself appropiately churched up.

Given my beliefs, this low prioritising of religious contemplative time is just totally silly.


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Dec. 16th, 2010 11:01 am (UTC)
I think everyone should have a store of 'get out of Christmas free' cards, and a few 'postpone Christmas by one month' ones as well, which can be used cumulatively.

Are private devotions a reasonable option? I'm thinking of putting on the Christmas music, and setting aside time to read the appropriate texts. I've always wanted a nativity set, but I'm still holding out for the right one, but if I had one, I think I'd celebrate Advent much more purposefully.
Dec. 16th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
Those are good ideas. I'm also thinking of checking round for anyone who fancies a midnight mass. I've never actually been to one. Can't manage tradtional morning services, so the vampire option would be much more reasonable.
Dec. 16th, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
If I were living in the same city, I'd take you to one. They're the best bit of Christianity IMO. As a small child, I'd be put to bed first and then woken up to go to midnight mass with a coat over my pyjamas. Few things have ever matched that excitement.
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Dec. 19th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
I shall consider it, indeed. It looks like a couple of folk are interested in something on Chrissy Eve, so I'm shopping around now.

Thanks for th eheads up!
Dec. 16th, 2010 11:14 am (UTC)
The time really does get away from you. I think having an advent calendar that had little windows announcing "such and such days to go" and seeing how few there were really brought it home to me.

Good tidings were thrown, so I"m glad you're up for them::) No need to reciprocate.

I used to do various devotional things at home during Advent. Sometimes we lit advent candles and read liturgies and prayers from an online resource we liked. They sort of fell by the wayside also. What kind of things would you have in mind?
Dec. 19th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
Good tidings, cheerfully caught. :-)

It looks like I'll manage an actual service with friends, that will be nice.

But other than that I don't know what sort of things - I've really always rather passively let things drift. How did your devotional things develop?
Dec. 20th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
Yes, that will be nice. We plan to go to a Christmas Eve service with friends too. With candles.

What devotional activities were a natural outgrowth of being longtime active church members (of the progressive, liberal persuasion). We both liked lighting Advent candles and otherwise doing something each week that focused on the spiritual aspects of the season. Later it would expand to include solstice traditions too. We also would try to get involved in some kind of charitable activity. The less time and energy we have, though, finds us simply giving money--not a bad thing, but we are less personally involved.
Dec. 16th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
Midnight masses are lovely and you don't have to be Catholic or Church of England to appreciate them. I'm one of those they euphemistically call "fallen away Catholics" and I still love a good Midnight Mass.
You may get my Christmas card well into the New Year but get it you shall and no worries about reciprocity ever!
Dec. 16th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
Yourself is much more important than 'eat lots' day!
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