Tonight we used our knowledge of Christmas movie trivia to share the ways we prepare ourselves for the birth of Jesus. For my family we try to watch one or two Christmas movies a week, drive around and look at lights, decorate the tree, dress in our holiday outfits, and enjoy hot chocolate. For others in the community they shared how candy canes, fire places, Advent services at church, and spending time with family are ways they are reminded Christmas is not about the gifts of stuff, but the gifts of love and closeness. We shared our struggles to be in a festive spirit this holiday season because of the pandemic. We encouraged each other to be aware of God's presence in the small things and not expect a choir of angels to announce Jesus coming like they did with the shepherds.