Happy New Year!

So here we are again, starting a new liturgical year: cycle C to be exact. The first Sunday of Advent has come whether you were ready, or not so much. We are officially on a go for the preparation of our hearts to celebrate the birth of our Savior.

So, how are we doing?

Well, here, for once, we’re doing pretty darn well if I do say so myself.

For one we have one of these on time and this year with real candles:


Yeah, okay, okay, so the “wreath” part is kind of absent. But we weren’t ready to battle needles and the cat’s probable interest in it.

So what else are we doing? Well, I’ve decided that in addition to my daily Blessed is She reading and devotions and my annual reflections with Bishop Robert Barron, this year I am also getting Danielle Bean’s reflections. The key is that Blessed is She has me reading the daily readings and reflecting on them. Bishop Barron’s reflections often refer to the readings and are short, yet thought provoking. Danielle’s are geared toward busy women/moms and as such, are three simple tasks: think, pray and act. So while three sounds like a lot…it’s really not as much as it seems.

For the boys, we are utilizing this “advent calendar” from Loyola Press that William’s teacher gave us. It gives one simple task daily that almost anyone can do. It really helps focus the boys as this time of year tends to get hectic even for them. A favorite book of ours is Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama Holiday Drama because we can all relate and we’ve seen the Llama-esque meltdowns. That’s not what this time should be about so the quiet reminders and actions are definitely a huge plus for all of us.

Will our relative calm start to the season hold? Who knows, but a better start gives me hope for a better season overall. So what do you do to make this season less hectic and more holy?