Getting ready for Christmas?
Have you tried prayer and fasting? It is the ancient custom of the Church. Advent is not a time for shopping, but a time for purification, of making way for the coming of our Lord. In the Byzantine Church, we start "Phillip's Fast" on the evening of November 14, where we customarily avoid meat for the entire time, excepting weekends, and avoid meat and dairy Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Won't you join us? I promise Christmas will be much better.
Here are some resources on the fast:
Reflections on Philip's Fast.
Meal ideas (with links to menus!)