This week, I'm using as my inspiration:
The Christmas Cracker.
So, what does the cracker consist of?
2 people take hold of it and pull. There's a "crack", and onto the table falls:
A paper hat
A corny joke
A plastic toy.
We put our hats on, laugh and groan at the jokes, and try to work out what to do with the toy.
During Advent, we can feel like we're being pulled in two different directions. We want to spend time contemplating the reason for Advent, looking forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus.
At the same time, society implores us to spend money we haven't got on things we don't really need and stock up on food and drink, ending the season in debt, overweight and hung over.
Let's try not to come apart under the pressure, and remember the contents of the cracker:
Let the hat represent a crown - we are celebrating the birth of a King.
Let the plastic toy represent the secular idea of Christmas - disposable, not really relevant to the true meaning of Christmas, we can have a bit of fun with it, but it's not that important.
And the joke? Well, we all need a sense of humour to get through Christmas!!