Friday Five – Do Nothing Edition

Over at RevGalBlogPals, Sally writes…

I am reading a wonderful little book for Advent it’s title: “Do nothing Christmas is Coming!”

So this weeks Friday Five is simple.

List five things you won’t be doing to prepare for Christmas.

1. I will not be buying presents for as many people this year; we have decided mutually to reduce gift buying and instead give goats and chickens, and a micro-loan or two.

2. I will not be responsible for all of the Advent and Christmas services in our congregation this year; we are blessed with a full staff again! This is a big issue since we have 4 services on Christmas Eve at 5, 7, 9, and 11 PM.

3. I will not be hosting anyone at our house on Christmas Day. Dear friends have invited us to their home for the afternoon!

4. I will not be driving further than 10 miles to celebrate Christmas Day. We will drive to my parents’ home for Christmas celebrating on Saturday, December 26th.

5. I will not be sending Christmas cards, but will send an Epiphany letter to family and friends in early January.

Bonus: I really enjoy Marty Haugen’s hymns of the season; for Advent, my favorite would be Awake, Awake, and Greet the New Morn. Unfortunately, I cannot find a video of it.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Auntie Knickers
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 13:32:28

    Your list of "won'ts" sounds like one that a lot of clergy would love to have — kudos to you for sensible self-care! We (not clergy so no real excuse!) have sent out our "Christmas" letter in January or even February for a few years now.


  2. Songbird
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 19:20:43

    We're going to sing that on the 13th. I'm looking forward to it, though I wonder if the congregation knows it. At least it's cheery. This congregation complains about "dreary" Advent music.


  3. VioletRayne
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 07:22:38

    Beautiful blog. Happy new year!


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