Baking Christmas cookies, writing Christmas cards, shopping, wrapping presents, social obligations, and feeling guilty because Advent should be one of the holiest times of the year. I should be growing closer to God, not the opposite.
Every year, I more or less try to not let this happen.
Well, this year, I found an aid. It's the rosary. I've started praying the rosary, a bit differently.
In the second part, "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for" _____________, I add what I'm praying for.
It can be a person, a situation, whatever. Two people praying, are better than one, especially one that has some "pull."
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women; and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray that I may grow closer to your Son, this Advent season. Amen.