Advent Reflections 2020 : Day 11

James Bond Theme – David Arnold

There’s not many links to Christmas when it comes to James Bond, except for plenty of snow and the character Dr. Christmas Jones from ‘The world is Not Enough’ (and the terrible cracker suitable jokes that followed). However, ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’, George Lazenby’s only film as Bond, was set at Christmas time and released in December 1969. It had a bobsled chase which was pretty unique.

There was always a Bond film on over the Christmas holidays when I was growing up, watching it became a tradition for me. I assume there may be some Sean Connery films on this year after his death a few weeks ago. As our children are growing we find ourselves fashioning new traditions year on year. The advent ‘flags’ with chocolate coins and nativity characters are making a hiatus this year as we begin advent in a friends house waiting for our house purchase to go through here in Durham. For the last few years we’ve slept under the Christmas tree the day we put it up, a tradition borrowed from family friends. Perhaps we’ll do that once the house has gone through and we have our own tree. There’s other traditions like chestnut pesto pasta, posh nachos and each buying a new tree ornament which I’m sure we’ll manage as things settle down.

The thing about Christmas traditions is that many of them have nothing at all to do with the reason for the season, at least not as many as when I was a child… So here’s some things to think about;

  • What kind of Holiday do you really want?
  • Which are the most meaningful (spiritual) aspects of Christmas for you?
  • How can you focus on those things?
  • Think about your childhood memories of Christmas.
  • What was magical for you?
  • Are you able to make a few changes in order to create a Christmas that is meaningful (spiritual) for your family?

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