Three attitudes help to enter into the spirit of Advent: WAITING, WATCHING AND WELCOMING. Waiting is eager expectation, an inner longing. Like the watchman that waits for the dawn, we wait for the Lord. He comes to us in so many ways: in word and silence, in joy and sorrow, in sickness and health, in success and failure. In the parable of the ten virgins, the five wise virgins kept watch and trimmed their lamps as they waited for the bridegroom so that when he did come, they went with him into the banquet hall.
The five foolish virgins felt drowsy and fell asleep. The Lord came and they were caught napping. Finally, we need to welcome Jesus. What better way to welcome Him than to remove the obstacles that prevent Him from entering. Let us welcome Him into our hearts, our homes and our lives. In the measure we welcome Jesus and make room in the inn of our hearts for Him, will our Christmas be happy and meaningful.