Holiday Impressions – Hope


December is a wonderful time of year and I anticipate finding ways to make some Lasting Impressions. While this year is very different for everyone due to the pandemic, perhaps taking more time to slow down, read, and create something new will give you hope. Evergreens, music, cooking, presents, lights, and snow all come to mind as we enter the season of Advent and prepare our hearts and minds for the celebration of Christmas. The four Sundays of Advent each have a specific theme or focus. The purpose of each theme is to spend time reflecting on the true meaning of the season. We are in the first week – Hope.

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness, a light has dawned…For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:2 & 6

I enjoyed visiting New York city a few years ago just prior to Christmas. The Lasting Impression of the sights, sounds and merriment were bundled into an exciting few days shared with my daughter. I created an itinerary catered to our interests which included a fun Radio City Rockettes show, a traditional Nutcracker Ballet, and an exciting musical, Les Misérables, as well as discovering the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, decorated department store windows, and a service of Lessons and Carols at Saint Thomas Church. We walked down to Macy’s on 34th street and then down to 27th street to FIT. I attended my last year of college at the Fashion Institute and have recently discovered their link to the Museum at FIT which is full of online exhibitions, past programs, and historical resources.

3 thoughts on “Holiday Impressions – Hope

  1. December is one of my favorite months of the year- a lot of usual things are still happening in Charlotte, but not all. As in, there are no Christmas/Advent Services.

    However- there are still Christmas lights/decorations, Christmas trees, Hillside still has their balls, well my blog does celebrate its anniversary this months, etc…- just the main things not happening are things that require large gatherings

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    1. Meg, Thanks for your reply. All of our church services are online and I have enjoyed visiting churches where I have lived or visited before. I also feel this is a great opportunity to try some new traditions for the holidays which I will be exploring in the next few weeks. Happy Anniversary!


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