This year has been rough, and by now we all deserve some time to relax and recharge. Advent is the perfect time to do this. It’s a time of prayer and waiting, in anticipation for the joy of Christmas.
These four weeks leading up to Christmas, as mentioned in our last post, are a time when we can slow down and really take stock of where we are in our spiritual lives. Adding certain spiritual devotions, making more time for prayer, or taking on some sort of penance similar to Lent can help us make the most of the season and make more room for Jesus.
But we can also enjoy the beauty of the season and the joy of Advent itself. Comfort is a big part of that. So let’s explore a few ways we can bring “comfort and joy” into this season of awaiting Christmas!
My daughter, Dana, loves socks, so of course this has to be the first mention. Comfy socks might seem like a small thing, but is there anything more cozy than warm socks on a cold afternoon? Plus, National Sock Day (yes, it’s a real thing!) is on December 4 which seems like perfect timing. This is a day recognized by the National Day Calendar in 2016 as one that could be annually celebrated. So come December 4, don’t forget to bust out your comfiest socks!
Comfort and masks are not something you’d think to put together in the same sentence. Generally masks are not comfortable -- they’re often a little annoying, in fact. But a mask lanyard can make them a little less annoying. We have mask lanyards that will attach to any face covering so you don’t have to keep touching your face mask when running errands, at the gym, or in the office, and so you don’t lose it.
Lanyards come in a variety of different colors, and are built to last. The cord is oil and rot resistant, so the lanyard will probably last much longer than your mask itself! The lanyard is also easy to clean and disinfect.
Candles and Indoor Lighting
In addition to an Advent wreath, candles and other types of indoor lighting can really make a space comfortable. Lighting a few holiday candles can provide Christmas scents and atmosphere, or get a similar result by stringing lights around a corner of your office or living room. An even bigger plus is lighting a fire in your fireplace, if you have one!
Create a Prayer Space
We know Advent is a time when we can redouble our efforts to pray and focus on God throughout the day. It’s a great time to try to adopt a new devotion like reading a spiritual book, praying the rosary, or simply taking 10 or 15 minutes to pray or read Scripture.
Creating a cozy, but reverent prayer space can be a way to incorporate comfort into Advent but also make prayer and reflection a greater priority. Find a quiet place in your home to set up a prayer altar or reading corner. You can add candles or religious art, as well as a crucifix and a rosary. You’ll find it is especially enjoyable to read and pray in a beautiful place set up just for that express purpose.
Make the Most of a Comfy Advent
Making your Advent comfortable and cozy doesn’t mean you aren’t putting emphasis on the spiritual. You can maintain a spirit of prayer and penance and still create a comfy atmosphere for you and your family to live and pray in!
How will you be incorporating comfort into this Advent?
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