One of our family advent traditions is to meet for dinner the Sunday nights of Advent with another family who are among our closest friends. We have done this for some years now and the experience has changed as our kids have grown. But some traditions remain: lighting the candles (and tussling over who gets to use the lighter), eating good food (and keeping track of how much Martinelli's the kids drink), reading scripture and sharing conversation.
Mostly we keep talking about how to simplify, slow down and stay centered on Christ at Christmas time. Last night we used the Ignatian exercise of examen to focus our hearts on how God might lead us in that way. In a a nice bit of serendipity, an article I wrote for The High Calling website on the topic was just posted today. So, I'll post a link to that article here and keep even this blog on the simple, slower, staying-centered side today.