Advent season is on its way! But for most people who are not committed to faith, it’s just the season of preparing for the holidays. They very likely won’t be using an Advent wreath or attending a reconciliation service to get ready for Christmas — their minds are on holiday travel, time with family, and purchasing gifts.
We want to meet those people in this season of preparation to address their concerns and invite them to see the deeper meaning in this time of year. We want to focus on the Catholic values from the Advent season that can speak to them and invite them to something more — themes of family, light, hope, waiting, avoiding consumerism, and peace.
Here is some of our top content on Advent and preparing for the holiday season.
Your Guide to Seeing This Holiday Season in #ABetterLight: From now through the New Year, we’ll be sharing content and conversations about mental health, wellbeing, and self-care in a campaign under the hashtag #ABetterLight.
Social copy [IG]: The most valuable gift you can give this #holidayseason is — wait for it — yourself. It may sound cheesy, but it’s amazing how meaningful the simple act of offering your undivided time and attention to someone can be. Chances are, you matter a lot more to them a pair of fuzzy socks would. For more ideas, read “5 Priceless Gifts We Forget To Give” by @GrottoNetwork.
[Twitter&FB]: Strapped for cash this #holiday season? Give these #priceless gifts to the people in your life (and yourself). via @GrottoNetwork
Social copy [IG]: Between family events, gathering with friends, and seemingly endless shopping, the holidays are definitely a busy time. With so much to do and celebrate, it’s important to take some time for yourself. While there is plenty of reason for joy in the Christmas season, the stress of to-do lists can get to us if we let it. Read “Easy Self-Care Practices to Manage Holiday Stress” by @GrottoNetwork for tips and tricks.
[Twitter&FB]: The days leading up to Christmas can just as stressful as they are joyful. If you find yourself buried in shopping lists and commitments to attend #holiday parties, it may be time to pick up a few #selfcare practices. Read more via @GrottoNetwork
These social graphics are from our Advent campaign #ABetterLight. Follow along on social media @GrottoNetwork.
In each season as it passes, breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth. —Henry David Thoreau
All human wisdom is contained in these two words: Wait and Hope. —Alexandre Dumas
We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace. —Pope Francis