Whether a RevGal or a Pal most of us in this cyber community have enhanced responsibilities during this time of year. We also have traditions - religious and secular - that mark the season for us in a more personal way.
For this Friday Five please let us know five of the things that mark the season for you.
And the bonus? Tell us one thing that does absolutely nothing for you.
1) I don't appreciate "The Griswold" effect, but I LOVE Christmas lights. I suppose growing up in Kansas City with the Plaza Lights has been cause for this. I love single string lights that highlight the edges of buildings and outline structures. I REALLY love this one particular house near my parents'. They outline every line they can on their house in multi-colored lights. It looks like a gingerbread house.
2) Advent carols. I truly do wait until Advent to listen to any holiday music - and even then I stay away from the radio stations that have been playing it since Halloween. Advent carols are some of my favorites, especially since they are rarely played.
3) Cinnamon candles. I know I could burn these scented candles at other times of the year, but I only burn cinnamon candles during the Advent/Christmas season and I love the way they make my house smell.
4)Luminaries. My parents neighborhood lines their streets and driveways with luminaries on Christmas Eve, and the church in which I grew up lines the sidewalk on that same night. I love it even more when there is snow to surround the luminaries. I feel like they are lighting the way to the wonder that is to come.
5) Decorations in the sanctuary. Every sanctuary takes on a new feel when we decorate for Advent.
Bonus: The consumerism that has become Christmas is not only my "doesn't do it for me," choice but it also makes it TERRIBLY hard for me to enjoy Advent/Christmas. It makes me ill.