Before anyone slaps a gold star of liturgical orthodoxy on my forehead, I must publicly confess: I've failed to wait this time around. My moment of weakness arrived last Friday; our left over turkey was already in the freezer, and December 2nd was just too far out. As my FB friends talked lights, shopping and Christmas carols, I'll admit it: I despaired. I lost control.
I was jones-ing for my Advent hymns, and all things purple.
I plunged into Advent nearly two weeks early... even as I knew the Church Herself still observed Ordinary Time. Mea culpa!
What guilty pleasure did I have to indulge in ahead of time?
Here it is: The Monkees' Riu Chiu. Play this now, or wait for Sunday... but be awed.
2. I love this tune (totally an Advent hymn), this band (yes: band! I'm controversial like that) and this season so much, I may have to dedicate an entire blog post to this topic. Consider this a preview.
3. Speaking of preparing for Christmas: how do I untangle unbridled materialism from our celebration? I am striving to impart more "Let's give," and "Let's do," and less "I want," but this doesn't seem to jive with how we've been doing things. My girls already have lists of pined-for "My Little Pony" characters, and my son's wish list includes such reach-for-the-stars items as a battery-powered jeep to ride around in... Ugh. Even if I moderate their desires (and admittedly, my temptation to give them the world on a platter, too) I still end up spending more money on toys that get broken or not used in very short spans of time. This does not promote stewardship of either finances or the environment. It also takes the focus off the birth of Christ and puts it squarely on Toys R Us.
Perhaps Sunday will begin a moratorium on phrases beginning, "I want..."
4. We need paring down. I need paring down. One blessing of the tiredness resulting from this pregnancy is that it has brought me to clearly see and admit what I'd been denying before: this family has too many activities. We have been sucked into the vortex of what now passes for American Family Life, namely: thrust each kid into an extracurricular activity, plus a club, plus another club, and then stretch yourselves so thin in the name of socialization (you know, that thing we homeschoolers lack so much of) that you snap, and end up barking/braying/losing your composure with your brood every other hour, in the search for missing socks, unmatched gloves, hats, dance shoes, piano books and whatnot...
Yes. We are out of the house at an activity nearly every afternoon of the week. While that may sound great to some of you, in truth, it is a strain on me, and often on them. Once I've finished the duty of imparting knowledge to three blossoming minds, I am spent. Emotionally, and now that I'm pregnant, physically spent. Plus, with all of these organized activities, I find there is no time for the impromptu play date with friends. Our house is always a shambles, because I constantly have to leave on a dime to get someplace on time, and there is no time (or energy!) to put it back together. I need to stop the insanity.
My question to weigh is this: do I finish out the year, teaching the kids to honor their commitments, or do I pull us out now... How would that impact the kids? How will I feel if we "quit" midway through something, especially with non-refundable money laid out? Am I quitting, or am I ceasing to act crazy? These are thoughts to ponder.
5. One of my husband's Amazon Prime picks this week was so incredible, I have to share it. I was dimly aware that Robin Wright had starred in a new film about the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, but I'd been sketchy on the details. If you can stomach a Civil War period piece with neither zombies nor vampires, The Conspirator may be the movie for you:
6. Yes. Robin Wright is Buttercup. My husband saw the whole movie without making that connection, but any degree of The Princess Bride in anything can only enhance its artistic value.
7. Sigh. I have been at this computer too far into this school day morning. I must tear myself away to attend to the booklearnin' that these young, eager minds await. First, some coffee... and one more round of Riu Chiu.
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