At Mass this morning (which had guitar -- arrgh -- more on that later), there was "The Christmas Pledge" for the 2nd Sunday of Advent in a bulletin insert. It reads:
"Believing in the true spirit of Christmas, I commit myself to:
Remember those people who truly need my gifts
Express my love in more direct ways than gifts
Examine my holiday activities in the light of my deepest values
Be a peacemaker within my circle of family and friends
Rededicate myself to my spiritual growth
That's good stuff, and follows many of the things Sarah and I have been talking about already. I'd really just like a Christmas where I can spend time with the people I care about. More on our plans to make that happen later.