We begin Advent next Sunday. Families are encouraged to make preparation for Christmas truly a preparation for the Birthday of Je- sus. How wonderful it would be if every family tried to help their chil- dren reflect on what they have been given rather than what they “want”. It might be good to help them re- flect on what they can give to Jesus: a kind deed, a special Christmas card to a sick relative, lighting the Advent wreath, helping the poor all would be great gifts. As families, may adults and children try to make the short Advent season a time to remember what we profess to cele- brate.