Today is that last Sunday before Advent begins next week. With the season approaching rapidly, I have been pondering what special observances I will take on this year. I am one of the few people that I know personally who “gives up” something for Advent as well as Lent. The past two years have been more difficult for me during Advent. In 2006, I was dealing with nearly-constant morning sickness, and last year I was juggling Gabriel the newborn as well as settling into our current apartment still, after having physically moved in September. At any rate, I am pointing out that the last couple of Advents have not been seasons of particular spiritual growth or even an amount of personal preparation that I would like to complete in order to better appreciate both Advent and Christmastide.
To help remedy my situation from the past couple of years, this year I am going to put my Advent goals into writing on the Internet for all to see. As my item to “fast” this year, I am going to refrain from eating all foods that I consider to be treats (i.e. no/little nutritional value and anything that I may eat for pleasure alone). Yes, I realize that I should already not be eating such foods, but I am hoping for this to kick-start me toward better overall eating habits, as I have found that changing something for myself is nearly impossible, but when I decide to do so for God, I NEVER FAIL. As for my personal spiritual goals for Advent, I am going to keep things simple. I plan to complete the prayers and meditations from this book daily. Since Advent is about a week away, I reserve the right to edit my goals slightly, should I be presented with better methods of preparing myself for the joy of the Christmas season ahead.