"Give thanks to him, bless his name; for he is good." Psalm 100:4-5Even a single verse in the evening on which to reflect can make a world of difference. The Psalms, in particular, are geared towards praising God and setting our sights on spiritual goals. Opening up to a Psalm a night to read over and carry with you through the next day can bring significant meaning to our daily routines. (3) Celebrate a multitude of beautiful feast days: December heralds the feast of the Immaculate Conception, St. Nicholas, St. Lucy and Our Lady of Guadalupe, just to name the well-known ones. Reading up on feast days and traditions (and the December feast days in particular have a lot of great stories behind them!), and thinking about how I can celebrate them with my kids, always lifts my heart. Take a peek over at your favorite book retailer and investigate some titles to learn more about these saints and traditions! (4) Focus on Advent stillness: I’ve written about this topic before, and every year I find my heart anticipating ways to create a quietness within my soul. Outside noise can only make interior peace all the more poignant. In my part of the world, I’ll take a walk outside in the snow to remind myself of how to achieve this interior silence. In the winter, there’s inevitably less people outside walking around, and the colder air around me makes my mind turn to the serene beauty of the nativity. It certainly wasn’t snowy where Jesus was born, but my association with wintertime and Christmas makes this connection in my mind! (5) Gratitude for the good life: When I get frustrated with things, I tend to focus only on only those things, and forget about how wonderful my life really is. Perhaps watching a certain film set at Christmastime would be apt here! Making a list in my prayer journal of what I’m grateful for, and things that I'm looking forward to, really helps to keep things in perspective at this time of year. Image credit: Chad Cooper (2014), Flickr.com, CC BY 2.0[/caption] What are you grateful for this Advent season? What types of activities related to our faith raise up your spirits during the winter months? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
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About the Author
Tiffany Walsh is a wife and mother, a native western New Yorker, and a college librarian. She is a cradle Catholic who rekindled her childhood faith as a graduate student via her love of books, and is the author of Exploring the Catholic Classics, part of the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women series. She enjoys writing about faith, crafting, dance, fitness and wellness. Visit her blog at Life of a Catholic Librarian.