Fr. Jim Martin suggests that we take time for ourselves during Advent. That can be amazingly difficult to do, given all that we’re trying to accomplish for Christmas.
Here are some ideas for creating personal retreat time:
- Allow Christmas card writing to double as a celebration of memories. This means that you’ll need extra time, but it can be more enjoyable if you settle in with a cup of hot chocolate and a journal. For each person on your list, write down a good memory he or she is part of.
- Give yourself the gift of a few hours’ holiday wandering. Take yourself on a date—visit a favorite coffee shop; go to a skating rink or walking path; shop for a small something others would never think to buy for you. Please don’t obligate yourself to take along a child or significant other—you can have other times with them. This time is just for you.
- Indulge in something that truly feeds your soul. This might be a movie, a visit to your favorite museum or shop, or simply reading a book or listening to music you love. And don’t neglect the local church or retreat center that never fails to give your heart a lift.
Remember, too, that a moment’s prayer can transform any time or place into a restful space.