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.
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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