Who says that Christmas expectancy can't be enriched by a learning curve? Learning and Christmas? Do they go together? I think yes. Isn't Christmas about learning that goodness is a thing? That divine Love is real? 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 shepherds, with an attitude of quiet anticipation. Following a heavenly message of peace and moving towards Bethlehem, where in a modest 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 attitude of quiet anticipation. We are getting ready. We take a special part of the Christian Science textbook and ponder it each day. The chapter "Recapitulation" is comprised of 24 Q&A. We ponder one Q&A each day of December prior to Christmas. You need for it the Bible commentary "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. You can get it in any Christian Science Reading Room or in bookstores worldwide. Candles might shine brightly, 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.
We are getting to receive this message of universal goodness. Jesus Christ is the arrival of divine Love on the human scene - in our world it takes most certainly the specific form of healing in our lives, healing in the broadest sense of the word. That is what the chapter in Mary Baker Eddy's book is about. We are getting ready.
Who is writing?
In my work as Christian Science practitioner and writer I draw on listening to God and listening to people.