Advent 23 – The Quiet

Along with our pre-Christmas trip to Asheville, we here at Splendor have another tradition that we’ve fine-tuned over the years – we have an early day of Christmas celebration that’s just the two of us. (Well, and the Furs, of course. They have quite enjoyed their toys and plushy new beds.)

It’s not a big, splashy day. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. We sleep in, enjoy an extra cup of coffee, exchange gifts, watch movies, have a two-person-sized Christmas dinner, read books, and so on. I am quite proud of the fact that, while I have washed my face and brushed my teeth, I haven’t gotten out of my Christmas ‘jammies all day long. (It’s appropriate, given that they feature sloths lounging on Christmas gifts and ornaments!)

Tomorrow – Christmas Eve – will be the final day of Advent and it’ll be a quiet day, but not as quiet as today was, for there will be visits and motion and activity. For me, today was the pinnacle of pondering. It’s been a glorious year – and also one that has had a fair number of large challenges. I’ll write a reflection on that next week, once I’ve had a chance to process some of my Advent lessons. But it’s been especially lovely today to just not need to be anywhere, for anybody, for just one stolen day.

It has given me much – MUCH – to ponder.  And the space in which to do that.

Perhaps that’s the greatest of the gifts I received today.

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