I may not have any other Christmas decorations out, and I may or may not have just taken my jackolantern to the trash tonight, but I do have my Advent calendar out.
At church, we spent the weeks preceding Advent looking at the things we say NO to. It was great fun to walk into church on the first Sunday in Advent and see a giant YES unfurled from the ceiling! Saying yes feels good for Advent.
Leave your windows and go out, people of the world,
go into the streets, go into the fields, go into the woods
and along the streams. Go together, go alone.
Say no to the Lords of War which is Money
which is Fire. Say no by saying yes
to the air, to the earth, to the trees,
yes to the grasses, to the rivers, to the birds
and the animals and every living thing, yes
to the small houses, yes to the children. Yes.