Well, we held out until Gaudete Sunday.

Every year, when we put up the tree becomes a gentle squabble in the Leonardi home, with your host wanting to wait until Christmas, and others wanting to get on with it a bit sooner.

We bought an enormous tree from our parish last weekend, and it sat outside in a bucket of water leaning against the house until last night.

Gaudete Sunday, given its role as a joyful interlude in the (mildly) penitential season of Advent, seems like a reasonable compromise.

I’ve been fairly busy with work in recent weeks, which explains the light posting. I’m hoping to spend what remains of Advent taking my cues from Pope Benedict in today’s Angelus, where he gives us the simple challenge to live up to the responsibilities of our stations in life.

That should be enough.