Brought out all the things today. It was pouring rain; dismal. I have always loved Advent and the Nativity fast - I love the anticipation of Christmas almost more than the Feast itself. But, this year I have not been feeling it. Our hearts are a bit heavy these days and it all seemed a bit much. We forged on and set up our Christmas lights. We made a few adjustments and changed it up a bit. We picked out our tree and we set it up inside. I will hang the lights and everyone will come home tomorrow and we will decorate it. Just those activities made a difference in my heart. I was motivated to mix up a batch of gingerbread. I have always known that you need to do the activity first; there is value in doing the work, falling into the ritual.