It is almost hard to believe it is December, but the calendar says it is here. That means we are also starting the Christian seasons of Advent and Christmas. When you think of those words, how do you picture them? Many of us probably have in our heads a nostalgic picture of a Norman Rockwell-type setting, where everyone is happy and all is perfect. My own experience is that Christmas is seldom as perfect as we hope it might be, and in fact our most pleasant childhood memories are probably not accurate. Seldom is Christmas as magical and lovely as the media portray it, and certainly that first Christmas was filled with unexpected surprise and difficulties. Having a “picture-perfect Christmas” is not likely, nor is it a goal worth pursuing.
 
How else can we picture these seasons of Advent and Christmas? As we enter into Advent you are invited to share images of what the season means or looks like for you by joining others from around our Indiana Conference in our Photo-A-Day Challenge through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. You can follow the links below to submit photos that best picture the qualities listed for each day of Advent leading up to Christmas Day. Perhaps the photos shared will help all of us to “picture” the deeper qualities of Advent/Christmas.
 
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Meanwhile, I hope that your vision for this season will be strengthened, deepened and blessed by the presence of the One whose coming we celebrate, namely Jesus Christ our Lord.