Dear Norwood Fontbonne Community,
While we are only in the first week of Advent we can see evidence everywhere that the Christmas season is in full swing. I would like to ask you all to take a step back from the hustle and bustle, take a deep breath and remember to keep everything in perspective. Let’s remember how perfectly, imperfect the first Christmas was. In a humble manger, not a throne did the Christ child arrive. What we all can emulate is the simple beauty of a family together embraced in love and tranquil simplicity. Our Lord came to us to bring light and hope to an all too human, imperfect world. As we all face our challenges, struggles, and sorrows welcome Him in, make room in your home for our Lord this Christmas.
Advent gives us time to prepare for Christmas and all of the Joy and Hope the season brings. While we all want to celebrate there is also the need to pace ourselves. Build in time for waiting and refection. In the midst of our current binge watching culture, let’s not race ahead to the season finale. Find some new traditions to incorporate with your family this year. Do you have an advent wreath at home? Perhaps consider participating in a new service activity.
When you trim your tree this year remember it doesn’t need to be Pinterest ready, but it needs to be full of family treasures. Make cookies together. They can be from scratch or slice and bake and even if you burn them– just be in the moment. So if the cards go out late, and the scotch tape on your packages show, and you forget to plug in the Christmas lights–just embrace it. We are not falling short, we are making memories.
This time of year is always one of my favorites and definitely a time I truly appreciate serving in a Catholic school community. It allows us all to embrace the magic of the season through the eyes of our children. It renews in all of us the Spirit of Christmas.
Growing up, a favorite song in our family was, “We Need a Little Christmas”. As the lyrics go, “We need a little Christmas, need a little laughter, need a little singing ringing through the rafter…” The truth is we could all use a little Christmas every day.
May this beautiful season bring all of your homes comfort and joy.
Ryan Killeen, Ed.D.