Are you ready for Christmas?

I have heard this question numerous times now for the past three weeks or so : when I go to the bank, when an acquaintance wants to make small talk, or when there is really nothing else to say. Regardless of when I hear it, it startles me every time. What do you mean, being ready for Christmas? Yes, I am ready: I’m in a state of expectation every day… And still… no, I’m not… my manger is not ready… The expectation is only a thirst, but experienced as if there is no water anyway. How can He then be born?…

I respond by returning the question: are you ready for Christmas?

“Well, since it’s coming anyway, I guess let it be.”

“Oh, yes, this time I started early. Everything is prepared. I got everything online.”

“No, I’m not. I have so many things to do, gifts to buy… Maybe next year!”

Run, Forrest, Run!

Am I ready for Christmas?

Socrates, in Plato’s Apology: “You too must be of good hope as regards death, gentlemen of the jury, and keep this one truth in mind, that a good man cannot be harmed either in life or in death…”

Even Plato says that you must first get ready; only then are you not harmed either in life or in death. So run, Forrest, run! Towards yourself.

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P.S. Today: four years since I started this blog. Thank you!

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About Tavi's Corner

Blogging on ancient philosophy, communist persecution in Romania (including deportation to Siberia), and Orthodox Christianity. I've translated books from Romanian to English, and I also write about them from time to time.
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2 Responses to Are you ready for Christmas?

  1. Haha, I am like you this way, naturally thinking philosophically or spiritually about simple phrases like this. “Hmmm… what does it mean to be ready?…hmm..will I ever be “ready” — prepared? — to fully appreciate the Incarnation of the Word?? for the gift of communion with Jesus Christ and all the saints in heaven? Lord, have mercy!…. oh, (remembering where I am) you probably mean, have I bought gifts and baked cookies…” but my questioner has moved on. So slow to have the kind of easy response that promotes camaraderie with my fellow humans.

    But it sounds like you weren’t so slow. Merry Christmas, Tavi!! Yes, as Met. Anthony says, the future is coming toward us at the proper speed, so we will meet it with thanksgiving.

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