I must admit that I am usually good at holding off on decorating for Christmas until it’s really December 25, but this particular year, I could not help myself. I was never into Christmas villages until this year and my wife and I thought it would be a fun idea. A Christmas train along with children playing in the snow, a few charming little buildings brings warmth into the home, makes me sit and remember my childhood — it brings a sense of Hygee to the home! What’s that you say?
Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word that describes a cozy mood and comfortable friendliness which comes with the feelings of wellness and contentment. I’d personally describe it as putting on our holiday festive socks, sitting around the fireplace, listening to Christmas music and knowing that you are happily surrounded by family and friends.
These feelings of warmth and love surrounded around the theme of light lead us into the season of Advent. Advent invites us into the silence – which is countercultural considering the shift of thankful November hearts to the immediate need for more as consumers billboard Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Silence is not lending the ear to a voice that is speaking. When dealing with God, silence is that active waiting for God to speak and act. Silence fosters a space in our delicate lives for the Word to come to us, to refashion and renew us. As we begin Advent, sit down – listen – wait – for love is on his way!