Thanksgiving has passed, and people are preparing for the holiday season. This is my favorite time of the year. I love the adventure, the family time, and the presents. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, or something else, the winter season is celebrated in nearly every society around the world. Here in the U.S., the season is characterized by made-for-TV movies, gift giving, and constant parties from Thanksgiving to New Years.
But with people traveling in inclement weather, the holidays are also one of the most dangerous times of the year. Not to mention the stress that comes from trying to buy the perfect gift. This beautiful time of the year is consistently marred with injury, both physical and psychological. The onslaught of advertising, the big store sales, and the stress of scheduling events is exhausting and takes the spirit out of this time of rejuvenation and celebration. We need to refocus on what it is truly about, spending quality time with your loved ones.
I’ve created a “Media Advent” calendar. I look for songs, movies, short stories, and poems that truly embody the spirit of the season. Every day from December 1st through December 31st, I watch, read, or listen to something to remind me what this season is about. It’s a 30-day challenge for the unity of all people. It’s about sharing experiences, love, and selflessness.
I look for media that follows three main themes: The unity of people, unconditional love, and selfless giving. I try to avoid Christmas-specific movies and songs and focus on more universal themes. These feelings transcend any specific holiday and should be remembered year around. Every year I collect more pieces of media, and I make a new list showing what I will share on each day. You can view my 2017 list here.
I’d love to hear about your experiences with media that refreshes the spirit of love and giving. Do you have a piece of media that would work for my Media Advent Calendar? I’m always looking for additions to my lists.