Crossing things off your list doesn’t make the list shorter— its just makes you think of other things you forgot when you made the list in the first place.
So we light the candles as the shadows deepen, and mark off the calendar as the days lengthen. It’s the Babe of Bethlehem that we long for, for God to come and dwell with us.
Joseph was likely an older man. And she was likely a very young woman. Few men in history have shown such restraint. Or such faith.