Sunday, November 27, 2011

First Sunday in Advent

See, I was so busy, I didn't even have a chance to say Happy Thanksgiving! I hope all of you who celebrated had a wonderful day: oh, I am so thankful for a fridge full of leftover turkey. Those of you who know me well know that Advent is one of my absolute favorite times of year. Every year's Advent is a little different, which makes it absolutely thrilling to be here at the first Sunday of Advent. What little epiphanies does this season hold for our family? What things will we learn, grow to understand, or see in new ways?

We are all on a journey of faith together. Taking the time to sit down together as a family to reflect on this season, on what it means to have divinity in our midst, is a way that we can all grow together in faith. So of course I was absolutely giddy to pull up our holiday decorations from the basement, to have my two girls spend the whole afternoon playing with the nativity together. With our "Swinging Christmas" pandora station in the background and a fabulous fire built by my husband who is finally getting into his firemaking groove, it was perfect!

I'm not exactly sure what this year's Advent rhythm will hold. I do know that as soon as we set a "routine," the children will hold me to it. Ben and I like to do a little reflection together in the morning, often from this book. Old Befana has become a perennial favorite around here, and a big stack of special holiday books has been pulled from storage. Perhaps a special holiday craft or treat is in order?

We shall see! Let the excitement begin.


Taylor said...

Hope your Thanksgiving was great! I absolutely love those reindeer on your shelf! super cute! I may have to DIY me some! Happy Holidays!

Kerry said...

Yes, time to prepare. It will take us a few days to settle back into home and routine before we can feel the fullness of Advent here. How smart of you to take care of so much in advance. I'm taking note of that for next year. Lovely sights into your home and practices.

Adele said...

Taylor, thanks! I found mine at ikea, but looking closely at them, you could definitely DIY some with some long pieces of straw and red ribbon.

Adele said...

Ah, Kerry, in the end our first sunday of advent was a bit of a bust! We were busy having fun with friends outside, and didn't get our act together in time to have a meaningful celebration. Thankfully, every day is a new day, and today we planned a bit better. It's all a balancing act, isn't it?

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