Adoration goes beyond praise or warm fuzzy feelings. It is to worship or revere. Worship requires us to humbly approach God with awe and amazement.
Advent is about the coming of Christ. The coming of Immanuel - God with Us. Because of Immanuel God with us: We have hope and peace. We can experience unconditional love. and have true joy.
Christmas can be a busy time. There are decorations to put up, gifts to wrap and some event that always needs a sweet treat or other good made. Then there are event to attend and family to see. It can be so easy to get caught up in all of the stuff of Christmas that we overlook the actual meaning.
When I was in grad school there was a house near campus that had an eclectic Christmas display. It started out with a normal light display. One year the residents didn't take the Christmas lights down. Instead they added seasonal decorations throughout the year. They would just leave up the previous seasonal/holiday decorations. Eventually the entire yard became a huge mash-up of lights and "holiday" themed inflatables. I think one year I even saw live animals. The most notable was the Easter bunny next to the Shepherds in the nativity scene.
Personally the past couple of years been hard. It has been a time of loss, stress and isolation. I am not alone. Most of us have experienced loss, isolation and anxiety. Our world is spinning out of control and fractured.
Due to life I just haven't blogged much in the past few years. Maybe I will share about that in another post. This year I am reviving an old tradition of posting a Christmas song sort of daily between the day after Thanksgiving and New Years (or maybe Epiphany - Jan 6.)
One of the themes of Advent is Joy. Joy is often confused with happiness. Happiness is a feeling based on a state or condition of well being. Being happy is a good thing. It is temporary and can change as often as the direction of the wind in Central Texas.