"Unless we choose to bring the meaning of Christmas to our celebrations, we will miss the meaning altogether.
There's someting about waiting that prepares us for arrival.
Christmas is a time of contrasting emotions: hope and despair, peace and conflict, togetherness and loneliness. Advent helps put them in perspective.
Getting on and getting off the holiday fast track have this in common: They are both choices.
We will never recognize the significance of Christmas until we slow down enough to think about it."
--from the book "God is in the Small Stuff at Christmas" by Bruce and Stan