Yesterday’s mail contained a Mio Pacer PC + Pedometer for me to review. When 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You said to get off the couch and get more active, it specified 10,000 steps a day as a healthy goal. Yesterday, even though I took a 20 minute walk, I only reached a little over 3,000 steps. I assume that owning and using a pedometer would encourage a person to be more active just by showing how inactive she currently is. “She” here being “me.”

This particular pedometer will automatically tweet your numbers for you, opening you up to public humiliation or I suppose to being admired for your vim and vigor.

We sat around talking mostly yesterday, but we did put up the Christmas tree. I made soup from the leftovers and there was a football game on, so the day was largely an extension of Thanksgiving. Today we might get around to venturing out into the world.

Tomorrow is the beginning of Advent, the time for preparing spiritually for Christmas. In the US, we have a tendency to spend the month before Christmas going nuts, gets stressed over all kinds of things, trying to do more than we can, spending and eating and drinking more than we should, and comparing our lives with the apparent lives of people in magazines and TV shows. This leaves us miserable by Christmas and relieved it’s over on Boxing Day.

This is the wrong way to do it. Begin with  People Look East, a sprightly yet peaceful song about preparation. Make your house fair, it says, but also be glad. Love is on the way. This was written by Eleanor Farjeon to a 15th century French tune. Very singable, and ideed danceable.