Tomorrow, you get Lisa Hendey. Today, you get me. So YAY for tomorrow!
Our Advent Wreath
Thanks to Catholic Icing for reminding all her Facebook fans to buy new Advent candles today! And look what came in the mail today - the copy of Lisa Hendey's new book O Radiant Dawn! I won it at her blog and I'm so grateful to have it. I'm not just sucking up because she's posting tomorrow, either. In the past we've just lit the candles at supper and said, "Come, Lord Jesus!" but I've always wanted a little something more. Travis and I both agree that this book looks great and we're excited to make it a part of our tradition.
Jesse Tree and Nativity.
In years past I've had a much nicer Nativity with porcelain figures in this area but after Baby Jesus lost an arm last year I thought I should shelve that one until the kids are a little older. So we have a nice Melissa & Doug Nativity. The shepherds are over in "the hills" and you may have noticed that Mary and Joseph are hanging out on the Advent Wreath, making the journey to Bethlehem.
The basket on the left contains all the Jesse Tree ornaments we have from an ornament swap I partook in a few years back.
Wreath on the front door.
I just re-did this with some new ribbon and the Noel from Wal-Mart. The ornaments and greens are left from my wedding decorations, which makes it extra special to me.
What do you think? I'm not sure if I like it.
St. Nick fills them on the eve of his feast day. Santa and St. Nick are one in the same at our house. In fact, I recently told L that St. Nick lives in Heaven but his workshop is at the North Pole. Oh geez. Santa doesn't come on Christmas; the presents that morning are all from us.
Nativity that sits in the living room.
Wise men from the Nativity, beginning their journey from the Far East of the living room.
Just today I learned that Arwen's kids leave their shoes out on Epiphany, filled with lettuce or hay. Then the Wise Men come, feed the shoes' contents to their camels, and replace it with candy and whatnot. I LOVE this idea and we'll be doing that this year, for sure.
We're slowly building a collection of Christmas books. I'd love to eventually have enough to do the "wrap 25 books and have the kids open one every day and read it to them" thing but we've got a way to go.
St. Nick, hanging out by the book basket.
The book I'll be reading through to prepare my own heart for the coming of Our Lord.
Oh! - and where's our tree? Well, that won't be put up until Gaudete Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Advent. That's also the day we plug in the outside lights and begin listening to Christmas music. We have found that it's a great way to help us all Rejoice (Gaudete is Latin for 'rejoice') and celebrate that our Savior is coming!
I'll see you back tomorrow for the exciting beginning of the Advent Series!