The time has come again: the dark season with its short days and long nights is present again. The time that, like no other, is suitable for making yourself comfortable in the warm room at home to enjoy the pre-Christmas weeks with our loved ones.
After all the hustle and bustle at work, the full program at school, the pre-Christmas events in the sports clubs as well as the various charitable clubs and in the schools, we look forward to a few hours of peace and quiet.
Because we can gather strength for normal daily duties. Then when we make ourselves comfortable at home, leave the television and digital media outside and slow down a bit with simple means. When we sit down, talk to each other and get in the mood for Christmas together.
You don't need much for this.
For example, you can take a short walk, then, when you get back home, enjoy candlelight Christmas wreath, punch for children and mulled wine, crack nuts and snack on baked apples, maybe singing a few songs together, in short, make yourself comfortable and let yourself go.
Playing a board game or cards together or reading something out. Basically, you really don't need much material, the more important thing is the valuable time that you spend together, the words that you speak to each other, the thoughts that you exchange.
Because they will be remembered, because without time pressure, without a must, something is created in a pleasant atmosphere that is memorable and that you will fondly remember.
So what speaks against designing Advent Sundays so that they are unforgettable? That you will remember it again next year and spend it again in this or a similar way?
That it is a tradition to spend the pre-Christmas Sundays with the family, to concentrate on the essentials and to get in the mood for Christmas.
The anticipation for Christmas with all its peculiarities awakens. Be it the visit to the midnight mass and then the merry Christmas wishes to and from other participants, the shaking of hands by strangers, or perhaps also by a person who is not necessarily sympathetic to us.
When else do we get as close to other people as here? When else can we jump over our shadows so easily and approach other people? Don't the long-awaited gifts, the delicious food, move into the background? Isn't it the good news of the birth of Jesus that makes it easy for us to overlook prejudices?
In any case, we should use the pre-Christmas season and the Christmas season to cultivate human interaction. Because we can live and experience a lot of positive things and make our little world a little better.