from flickr by Lawrence OP
In the first decade we remember the Annunciation and pray for humility. I put myself in the place of Our Lady. Because God sent Jesus to Mary, and He also sent Christ to us. To teach us and to save us. When Mary humbly gave her fiat, she received the gift of God's son in her womb, and so we also received our savior. I pray for humbleness in receiving such a gift.
In the second decade we remember the Visitation and pray for charity. Mary brought the gift of Christ to Elizabeth. She literally brought the baby with her, but she also brought His love to Elizabeth through her service. Blessed Mother, pray that I may bring the love of your divine son to others.
In the third decade, we remember the Nativity and pray for poverty. Lord, make me poor in spirit. Especially at Christmas when we should be focused on Jesus but the world is focused on things. It really is distracting.
As I walk through the house and pass piles of new toys and piles of old clothes and toys waiting to be donated it's easy to be frustrated by stuff. But if I remember that this stuff is not eternal (I can almost imagine it's gone) I can remember God's will and focus on that. Then I can deal with the stuff.
I am thankful for Christmastide. I'm thankful it lasts many days. After all the anticipation and preparation of Advent, I can be still and adore our Lord.