I know, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, and here I am, jumping the gun and talking about Advent. But it’s so wonderful! And meaningful! And sooooooooon! And besides, it’s not like I’m celebrating Advent early. Just getting excited about it.
I can’t remember if it was last year or the year before that I found this Cradle to Cross Wreath online, but either way, I fall in love every time I see it. Alas, I neglected - again - to set aside money to buy one this year. Maybe I should take up a collection?
UPDATE: because I have the bestest in-laws in the WORLD, on of these wreaths is on its way to my house! Yes, I’m grateful. So grateful I cried. Thanks, Mimi and Papa!
We’ve accumulated some pretty special Advent-themed books over the last couple of years. I’m so excited to break them out in a week and a half. This was my favorite new buy last year:
I straight-up cried my eyes out. Such a beautiful story. For more about what we’ll be reading, you can check out my Advent Booklist from last year. Bonus: this year we have a huge library nearby, whereas for the last 2 years we had only a teeny one. More books! For free! Yippee! (Psssst: Hey Jessica, does this count as a What We’re Reading Wednesday post? Yes? Great, thanks!)
I’m so silly excited about this DVD. This, along with the Jesse Tree ornaments from a swap I participated in, our Advent Wreath, and the books I mentioned above will comprise the bulk of our Advent family activities. My kids LOVE TV and they rarely watch it, so I think this will be really special and fun for them.
3 Reasons I Love Advent
Every month I host a link-up called “3 Reasons I Love Catholicism.” It’s been a wonderful way to learn more about our faith and it has provided me with some much-needed inspiration.
For the December edition, we’ll be focusing on Advent. What do you love about Advent? What are your family traditions, special foods, books you read, etc? Write a blog post and link it up here between Friday November 29 and Tuesday December 24.
A Photo of a Beautiful Baby
Unrelated to Advent, but a photo I took that makes me gasp with joy. Meet Bennett:
Can you even believe his eyes?! I can’t! (Regarding the watermark: I don’t usually bother to mark my stuff because a) I’m not so great that I imagine people will want to steal my photos, and b) I’m putting all my bizness on the internet and I’m realistic about what that means. However, Bennett isn’t my baby, so he gets a watermark. Back off, photo poachers!)
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