Who says that Christmas expectancy can't be enriched by a learning curve? What - Learning and Christmas instead of presents and Christmas? How about both?
Christmas for me is about learning that goodness is real. That God is Love and full of light. That all men are worthy, whole, spiritual, free. That creation is so packed and rich with goodness, that only Love could have done this. The Christ is loving each one of us as if he has nothing else to do. Christmas is all about humility and listening. As Art Fettig said: "Some businessmen are saying this could be the greatest Christmas ever. I always thought that the first one was."
So you might like to look at this Christmas time from the perspective of the willing shepherds, having an open heart and a sense of quiet anticipation. Following a heavenly message of peace and moving towards Bethlehem, where in a humble stable Jesus Christ was born. Moving towards Bethlehem step after step after step.
What my family has been doing for the last Christmas times is to cultivate this shepherd like attitude of quiet anticipation with a little study incentive.
The chapter "Recapitulation" of the best Bible commentary I know, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. is comprised of 24 Q&A. We individually ponder one Q&A each day of December prior to Christmas.
Walking with the textbook in hand towards Christmas. The Advent time is lit by candles, there might be hot tea, cookies, Christmas decorations, holiday lights, Lebkuchen, an Advent wreath - all the magnificent ingredients to brighten the Christmas prep time. Advent mornings are wonderful. And afternoons, too.
I love to learn more about Christianity by learning more about the Science of Christianity. Although the word "Christmas" does neither occur in the Bible nor in the chapter "Recapitulation". The 24 sections in the chapter can serve you as 24 steps, helping you and me to approach the deeper meaning of Christmas.
Mary Baker Eddy shares this wonderful insight with us:
"In different ages the divine idea assumes different forms, according to humanity's needs. In this age it assumes, more intelligently than ever before, the form of Christian healing. This is the babe we are to cherish. This is the babe that twines its loving arms about the neck of omnipotence, and calls forth infinite care from His loving heart."
(Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 370)
I need the 24 steps every year. They prepare me to embrace and practice with more humility and authority the art and science of Christian healing. These 24 steps are a course that summarizes the book Science and Health and you can find it here. You are invited to call it "The Christian Science Advent Calendar."
Who is writing?
In my work as Christian Science practitioner and writer I draw on listening to God and listening to people.