1. Well, Advent got off to a decent start. I dressed our family prayer table (still working on finding a small table for a kids prayer table) in purple and put out the Prophecy of Isaiah: "The people who have walked in darkness have seen a great light."
2. This year we are actually using our Advent Calendar as an Advent Calendar and not just as another toy! Cecilia, Felicity and Elizabeth are taking turns....it nicely works out they will each get 8 turns.
3. This year we are going to encourage the girls to do good deeds and put a piece of yarn in the stable as hay to make a nice warm and soft manger for the Holy Family. I'm also hiding the other pieces until the time is appropriate. I am thinking of putting Mary and Joseph out before Christmas Mass and then adding the baby Jesus and the Shepherds and sheep on Christmas. The wise men, of course, will come later. :)
4. We got rid of our old Advent Wreath and bought a new one. Sadly, it isn't quite ready yet. We can and have used it, but I NEED to get some boughs of evergreen to wrap around it. Fortunately my dad is going to get his Christmas tree tomorrow. I'm going to go and get some boughs of pine to wrap around our sadly bare Christmas wreath.
5. For Art this week, we made Holy Angels, with which I'm adorning the Christmas Wreath for the time being. Next week we will decorate Prayer Cards with the Holy Name of Jesus and the week after that we will make pop-up Nativities and decorate them.
6. I also pulled out the Playmobil Nativity set. I had bought it ages ago and quickly stored it due to the small size of the pieces. I told the girls they could play with it as long as all the pieces stayed on their desk. If I found pieces on the floor, they would lose it. Teresa is too mobile and gets into too much trouble putting things in her mouth that she shouldn't for me to lose my sanity this Advent over these little things. So far Elizabeth is my only real challenge to said rule. It is interesting hearing Cecilia and Felicity playing with them though. I've heard Baby Jesus get kidnapped and St. Joseph had a spell put upon him. My favorite is when Mary gives the 3 kings tasks to do and orders them about. Oh, and apparently the camels dance. Who knew! :)
7. I'm only planning on doing school through December 15th. Then, on the 17th, I'm planning/hoping to begin a daily banner decorating project with the girls of the O Antiphons. We will also probably get our Christmas tree somewhere between the 11th and the 17th. Stockings won't go up until Christmas Eve even if only because, well, where I want/need to hang them, I know, know, know Elizabeth is going to pull or knock them all down.
BONUS - For Advent, I'm reading Wood of the Cradle by Houselander. It is wonderful! Insightful and poetic. I am about halfway through and loving it!
More Quick Takes at Jen's Conversion Diary!