Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Advent Arrives

In anticipation of advent arriving, I pulled out the advent wreath and two nativity sets last Wednesday. During our family formation time we spruced up the wreath and blessed it. On Sunday evening we had our first advent service, meaning we did a short reading, prayer and blessing to the family. I was a little disappointed in Lee and Lou's behavior. I guess it can only get better. They seemed to think that this was a big joke, which did not set well with me. Well, here we are not even a week after putting out the nativities and one shepherd is broken from the breakable set and baby Jesus is missing from the child safe set. I hope that's not a sign. I believe I've just forgotten what it's like to have a toddler "investigating" the new decor. That same toddler swiped my real gold earrings off my dresser and lost them somewhere in the house or even worse may have deposited them in the trash. Time to empty out the toy boxes.
My goal was to have all my Christmas shopping done by Advent, so that I could just enjoy the waiting and preparation of Jesus' coming. I'm almost done; I think only three more things to order. Most of the wrapping is done, as well. I hope your preparations are going well, too.


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  2. Hi Jen,
    I deleted my previous comment, I decided not to post my personal e-mail address...sorry.
    Anyway, good for you with all of your early preparations! I am almost done with my shopping, no wrapping yet, though. I am sending out my Christmas cards today (as long as I get to the post office for stamps, my baby has his first cold & isn't feeling all that well).
    I've never celebrated Advent before, but would like to. If you don't mind, can you tell me about how & when you're supposed to do the calendar - My aunt gave me one last year & I'm not sure how to do it...Thanks!
    ~Sue :)

  3. Suzanne, An advent calendar is basically a count down to Christmas. They typically begin the first Sunday in Advent or many begin on Dec. 1 and end on Dec. 24 with the addition of baby Jesus. Most calendars have little flaps to open with pictures or candy behind the flap. Some have drawers with magnetic figures to add to a nativity. I've even seen LEGO Advent calendars where a new piece is added each day to a Christmas scene. It doesn't have to be fancy to remind children (and adults) that Christmas is nearing and our hearts need preparing. Thanks for the comment.


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