I have to keep reminding myself that there is a quick turn around between Thanksgiving and Advent again this year. I’m glad I have last years posts to remind me how helpful it was to have everything planned out in advanced and my notes from the end of the season to remind me what worked and what didn’t.
Advent Wreaths and Advent Countdowns/Calendar:
I’m hoping to find fresh greens this year instead of the plastic I have been using.
Still planning on doing the countdown on the mantel, but also found a window Advent calendar to open each day.
|Our Saints are from Armadillo Dreams, and I have it on good authority they will be in stock soon!|
|Our very simple countdown – no chocolates or presents, you just get to put a bookmark on the string 😉|
We’re trying out this set from Toadily Handmade this year
I’m actually glad that most of the events and concerts are over before Christmas this year. It’ll be nice to have more down time closer to the end of Advent. We don’t limit ourselves to the activities that others throw and host – no need to be a scrooge! Though this year I will again try to stick to Advent and instrumental Christmas music and hold off as long as I can with the really fun stuff (I’m allowed to cheat on this though).
We had a lot of success over lent with Henry doing a bean jar for good deeds that turned into jelly beans on Easter, so I think we’re going to try out putting straw in the manger for Baby Jesus this year. We have a little wooden toy stable that I think I’ll reserve for the manger and some spare yarn I’ve been wanting to use up.
|Santa will set up our Nativity for Christmas morning again this year.|
One of the big things I did this year was to get Christmas presents purchased before Advent – other than some baking, and few bits of goodies for stockings I’m done. It’s all up in my closet and while it felt silly starting to think of Christmas in September and October I’m glad I did it.
I think we’ll continue with putting up the tree on Gaudete Sunday with just lights and slowly decorating while hanging up our Advent countdown on the mantle and putting up decorations on Christmas Eve.
|*edit Feast of the Immaculate Conception is December 8th|
Christmas Eve and Day will be just like most others – Mass on Christmas Eve, presents (still doing our 3 gift rule) on Christmas Day and lots of time with family.
I’d love to observe St. Stephen’s/Boxing Day in some way, but also still figuring that one out.
The Feast of the Holy Innocents and Holy Family will be a simple observance.
I really liked making Orange Birdfeeders with Henry on New Years Day last year, so I want to try to do the same this year.
Epiphany we’ll do our new tradition of spice cookies and making stars to decorate.
It worked out well last year to have some decorations left to put up after Christmas Day – thank you Polar Vortex – but it was fun to have things left to do afterwards as well.
Tools of the Trade:
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Hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving! I’ll be back next week with an updated holiday Booklist!