I’ve kept up a college tradition in an effort to keep Advent separate from Christmas, which according to retailers apparently begins in August. I commemorate the liturgical new year, which is the first Sunday of Advent, by planning a special dinner in which all the dishes must start with the new liturgical year’s letter (that is year A, B, or C). This being year B everything in my menu had to start with a B:
I made up the blackberry parfait based on something I had once before. Basically you mix Greek yogurt with honey and ginger to taste and layer it in a glass with sliced blackberries.
Also, I was reading this messy Jesus business and saw a great video reminding people to get back to the true meaning of Christmas. The point that really struck me is that the money I spend on postage could feed a third world child for a year! The materialism surrounding Christmas is way out of hand, and I wish it wasn’t about all the presents but rather about the time we spend with each other celebrating the birth of Love!