Ice Breaker – Holiday Hope


Each week on The Stretched Blog, I ask an ice breaker question. The questions are designed to help us get to know each other here in The Stretched Community. I’ll provide my answer to the question here in the post, and then you can leave your response in the comments. While you’re in the comments section, see how others answered the ice breaker question.

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This past Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent.  Many churches around the world celebrated Advent by lighting this first candle.  The first candle represents HOPE.  This provides the inspiration for today’s Ice Breaker.  Be sure to read a few more comments after my answer to today’s question.  Then leave your answer in the comment.

Question:  What are you hoping for this Christmas season?

My Answer:  I’m hoping for a Red Rider BB Gun.  Just kidding.  I’m hoping for some time off from work when I can rest, relax, recharge, and spend time with my family.  This is actually on my agenda for the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  I value this time as it is often the time that I recalibrate myself before heading into the new year.

Many think of Advent as being a time to get ready for Christmas.  I guess it is to some degree.  We set up our nativity, our tree, and other decorations during this time.  But Advent was not really meant to focus on Christmas.  It is a tradition created to help us think about Christ coming again.  This is the reason for our HOPE.

Answer this week’s ice breaker question by leaving a comment. I look forward to reading your response! (As always, feel free to share links.) And keep Stretching!