Showing posts with label Jesse Tree. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jesse Tree. Show all posts

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real: Advent 2012

I really had to force myself this morning to grab my camera, walk around the house, and take a good look around.  There is beauty in the mundane, and I have a tendency to miss it.  I find myself wishing for more peace and serenity in my days.  Days that are filled with children, appointments, basketball practices and games, classes outside the home are so very full that I feel more like a machine than a mother at times.  But I do manage to make time for tea in the evenings, knitting, and reviewing all the Downton Abbey episodes in anticipation of the third season!!!  I'm so excited for that.  I do make time to pray, too, and read to the kids.  It's amazing how much you can stretch an almost-winter evening.  I'm making sure I'm stocked up with tea for this weekend since snow is in the forecast.

Pretty....Advent Wreath waiting for larger Advent candles.

Happy....that I have realistic expectations with my decorating and catechesis!

I can't imagine or at least bring myself to ask the kids to make Jesse Tree ornaments.  I am happy that I bought these paper punch out ornaments at an after Christmas sale two years ago.  I figure there's no harm in having them get damaged.  Whereas I'd be annoyed if the kids ruined handmade ornaments that took us time to make.


No matter what I do to pretty up the dining room table, someone always has to put more stuff on it instead of putting things away.  That someone just happens to be me this time.:(  I have no one to blame but myself for not moving the everyday fruit bowl back to the kitchen table, the fake holly decorations to the front porch for the Christmas pots, and the lone pink Advent candle back to the Christmas closet.


Yes, that's the basketball practice and game schedule for December.  The highlighted green is Monica, and the highlighted pink is Maria.  Yes, there seems to be at least one if not two highlighted times on every day!  That is Jane's finger painted Christmas tree she made in her preschool class and a letter from her little friend, Andrew.  Along with that letter, he sent her a string of hot pink beads.  Smiles all around!  That paper at the bottom of the bulletin board is Molly's Schoenstatt Advent calendar.  Diligent Molly is trying to keep up with all of her Advent commitments.  Way to go, Molly!

I'm finally linking up with the ladies over at Like Mother, Like Daughter after weeks of not participating.  In case, I don't link up again for a while have a Blessed Advent and Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Preparing Our Home & Hearts

I am SO excited for the new Mass translations in effect tomorrow.  However, I have Advent preparations on the brain for today.  Here are a few activities we've done in the past...

Advent Tree

We decorate our FAKE Christmas tree with pink and purple bows and ornaments to prepare our hearts during Advent.  I used to do this with a real tree, but it really is hard to deal with all. those. needles for that long.  Again, we'll be doing the furniture shuffle to make room for all the decorations the Lord.

Advent Lapbooks

The kids made these lapbooks two years ago.  I like to pull them out and display them so they can go back through them reminding us all of the reason for the season.

Advent Feast Days

We like to celebrate the feasts of St. Nicholas (Dec. 6), Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12), and St. Lucia Day (Dec. 13).  And don't forget the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) which is a Holy Day of Obligation!

Movie Nights

It's a Wonderful Life

Celebrating the Days of the O Antiphons

Here are the posts of what we did last year....

New Plans for this Year

Jesse Tree...I picked up a kit after Christmas last year at St. Patrick's Guild for making a Jesse Tree.  We'll see if we get to make it this year.  I think the older girls are excited to do it so that should keep me accountable!  BTW...if you haven't visited St. Pat's Guild after Christmas in the past you should plan to this year.  They have an INCREDIBLE after Christmas sale.  They discount everything....everything!!!  Even the Fontanini pieces get discounted 50% off!!!

Read Aloud...This year I plan to read this to the kids.  I've heard it's a great book....I can't wait!

The Bottom Line on all of this is that if we aren't able to do all we have in the past, at least the kids have memories of Advent.  At the very least I like to display our Advent wreath, light it at Sunday meals, and sing O Come, O Come Emmanuel with the kids and Paul.  The rest of it helps, but isn't really necessary.  Just the absence of rushing, stressing, or forgetting is a victory greater than most during these last few weeks of the year!
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