People are being bombarded from all sides about gifts and sales and deals you can't miss out on! Our materialistic society puts forward an image where it is all about 'me' and what 'I' can get...not really what 'I' can give.
Advent is not only about Christmas, it is about preparing ourselves for the coming of the King! I was not a big fan of the musical Godspell, but I did like that song that said, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord!". That is what Advent is about; preparing the way of the Lord.
I have heard of people treating Advent like Lent and giving something up. I considered this, and when I was doing some research I cam across an interesting article. Since Advent is the beginning of a new Liturgical year, who not do something like a New Years resolution...Catholic style? What a great idea! Add something to your spiritual life!
The first thing that came to my mind was something that I've tried and failed to do many times...pray a daily Rosary. I struggle with the Rosary so much. It's not that I fail to see it's beauty, but I have a hard time concentrating, and it is such a long prayer. My mind will wander to all different kinds of things and I almost feel like I am dishonoring the Mother by not having my whole heart in it.
I put the daily Rosary thing out of my mind, I didn't want to set myself up for failure. So, I have decided to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy every day.
I do enjoy saying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and since it only takes about 5 minutes to pray, my mind does wander as much as it does with the Rosary. I've made myself a little prayer corner and I am so excited for Advent to start!