Another year is almost over. It's cold outside and you sit back in the warm room. Enough time to do a handwork, browse a book, or enjoy entertaining games with friends, acquaintances or children. One should actually think if there weren't all the preparations for Christmas.
Get the last gifts for family and friends, bake the last cookies, get the Christmas tree and don't forget to plan the Christmas dinner and buy everything you need. Idleness is out of place. Because especially in the (contemplative) Advent season, the dates pile up. Christmas celebrations are coming, Christmas markets are luring and preparations for the Christmas days have to be done.
Of course you will also be asked what you want for Christmas. Time would be a welcome gift to me! Time that you dedicate to someone or that is dedicated to yourself. Time to beautify someone's day? Time, free, but not unnecessary. Because is there a nicer gift in our hectic times than being able to calm down with a cup of tea or a push and to recharge your batteries?
How nice it is to be with the family on Advent Sundays, sitting by the candle lights on the Advent wreath and playing something together. Or, if the weather permits, take a walk and get some fresh air. With all the hustle and bustle, however, we should not forget who we owe Christmas to. To whom we celebrate two holidays. Because if Jesus had not been born then, the year would end without a song.
That would be a real shame. Because no matter how believing you are. Without Christmas, an important part of family gathering would be lost. And two days off on which you can take the time to visit your loved ones and spend time together would be lost.