Just one more Advent post, mmmkay, friends? Then I promise to bore you with all sorts of other mundane life details. (Maybe I’ll even work on finishing my birth story series this month.) Today I’m linking up with the Catholic Bloggers Network for Keep Christ in Christmas. More info at the bottom of this post.
Last week in my 3 Reasons I Love Advent post, I mentioned that I love the traditions we’ve adopted for this season. Since I’m a highly visual person, I thought I’d share our traditions the way I love to do it best: in pictures.
Our Advent Traditions in Photos
This is my very favorite statue of the Holy Family. I love how Joseph is embracing Mary. He looks as protective as I imagine he was in real life. What an enormous task he had as the Guardian of the Redeemer. I like to think of him that way, as a warrior in his own right, protecting the Theotokos (mother of God) and of the Savior himself.
Clockwise from the left: 1) We bought a small bush/tree (the species escapes me now) to serve as our Jesse Tree. 2) Day 1 ornament: “a shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse.” 3) The ornament we made for our Jesse Tree ornament exchange. (This particular one I made to send to a very special blogger who just announced some very special baby news.) 4) A gift from my sister in law in Korea. There are 24 booklet ornaments that you read during Advent. We have decided to add them to our Jesse Tree. Also pictured: in the lower right corner of the tree picture you can see our basket of books. It’s pretty empty now, but we’ll add books from our stash as we go. Also, a little bird told me St. Nicholas is bringing books for the kids this year.
This is our Advent wreath. Today I tried to add fresh garland instead of the faux stuff, but alas: a florist I am not. So we’re keeping the fake stuff I bought years ago. One thing you may notice: we have Korean-style Advent candles. They begin dark and get lighter each week. I bought them last year in Korea and they survived a trans-pacific move and a summer in the hot rafters of our garage, so I’m taking that as a sign. We have a little pamphlet of prayers for each day of Advent and we sing this child’s song every evening at dinner.
Last, but certainly not least, we have this lovely reusable Advent calendar given to us by my mother in law 2 years ago. (She really is the best.) The kids helped me put small candies in the pockets today and we hung it up near the kitchen (the better to prevent candy theft).
One final note: I want to point out that I do all of these traditions because I really love them. My goal in sharing these photos certainly isn’t to inspire envy or to make anyone feel as if they aren’t doing enough. (Trust me: I am truly holiday-challenged in most other aspects/seasons of my life.) If you celebrate Advent in your heart, regardless of the activities you do, you’re doing it right. Wishing you all a blessed Advent!
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