Advent (the 4 weeks before Christmas) is really all about waiting and expecting something (we know, it’s Jesus!). But, when we look at our lives, we see that it’s really the season of excess. It’s difficult to walk against the crowd that seems to want nothing more than to “eat, drink and be merry”. Spending less requires us to plan, learn about and build relationships. Spending less doesn’t mean that we love people any less... it could mean that we show our love, perhaps God’s love more clearly than ever before. May the Holy Spirit open our ears and form our hearts to receive Him this Christmas season.