December 17, 2021

December 17, 2021: 7 things bringing us joy during this season

We're leaning into the season

It’s a season that can be stressful with a lot on our to-do lists (from work to Christmas shopping) — plus the added stress of navigating covid. But we don’t want to let that hold us back from savoring this special time of year.

Sharing joy
We hear a lot about joy in the Mass readings during Advent as we prepare our hearts for Christmas.

Joy is meant to be shared, so we ask our team (co-founder and section editors) what is bringing them joy right now. Here are some of the answers:

“The way downtown is decorated with lights for the season.” —Emily

“Taking our kids to pick out our Christmas tree! Also love this video as a fan of both Ed Sheeran and Elton John.” —Victoria

“Christmas music and lighting holiday candles.” —Sophie

“Do cookies with Christmas M&Ms count?” —Kelly

“Reading and drinking tea by the Christmas tree!” —Danielle

“Blending together versions of my and my husband’s families’ Advent/Christmas traditions and starting our own!” —Mary Grace

What’s bringing YOU joy? Let us know.

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LISTEN: Advent Songs by The Porter's Gate
We have a full week of Advent to go before Christmas. This album is perfect for finding quiet moments to prepare your heart amidst the hustle leading up to the big celebration.

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Licensed therapist Regina Boyd helps you prepare to have conversations with family and set boundaries.

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