Every year, it gets better. Our Nativity set -- inherited (free!!!) from our local parish when a new one was crafted -- has adorned our porch for several years now. Last year, The Chief added a rustic "stable" made of old barnwood (from an actual run-down stall in our own barn!) This year, he was determined to add a star! Since the weather was so cooperative, he not only put up the Nativity, but spent the day winding a garland around the porch and lighting up the front bushes.
Of course, Taz was a wonderful help!
While The Chief and his special assistant were hard at work, Junie B. joined Step 2 ringing the bell for Salvation Army in front of a store in the center of town. They sang Christmas Carols to pass the time, and even brought in a few donations!
Instead of a traditional Advent Calendar or a Paper Chain, we're trying something new -- a take-off on an idea I found in my daughter's current issue of Highlights. It'll be a cardboard tube and paper plate Advent Wreath ... with a twist!
Each day, inside the candle of the week, there will be a paper "flame" to pull out -- labeled with a special prayer, book title, treat, activity, craft idea or surprise outing to make the day special. The flame will "light" the candle for the day, then, at night, be removed to a dated candle on the wall, where the lit candles will wind their way through the Advent Season. Don't worry if that doesn't make much sense -- more pictures to come!
The lovely picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the right of our Jesse Tree (which Junie B. and I made last year) has been adorning Junie B.'s bedroom wall since the end of last Christmas season -- but tomorrow it will come down to the kitchen as the backdrop to our (real) Advent Wreath.
The tree will be set up tomorrow, and decorated (hopefully!) Monday night.
We're almost ready ... to become ready.
Come, Lord Jesus, Come!