1. I WILL NOT criticize any aspect of the Christmas liturgy.
2. I WILL show my gratitude and appreciation to those who decorated the church, patiently worked with our young children, and practiced long hours to bring music to our celebration
3. I WILL NOT complain if the pews are packed, or if I can`t find a seat for the whole clan.
4. I WILL be thankful that so many good folks are joining us for this special night.
5. I WILL NOT review task lists in my mind, and mentally prepare the Christmas meals during the homily.
6. I WILL be intentionally present to the moment, letting mind and heart actively participate in all that is unfolding before us.
7. I WILL NOT giggle at `Jingle Jesus` – sleigh bells wrapped around the processional cross and energetically bounced up and down by a very solemn sacristan.
8. I WILL be thankful for the diverse personalities, characters, eccentricities and quirkiness that keep parish life interesting.
9. I WILL NOT allow the comfort of the familiar to keep me locked in a moment of time.
10. I WILL seek the always new and the always timely message of the Incarnation – God became one of us, and IS with us in the here and now. Let us rejoice!