And so Advent begins, as do our preparations.
The Advent Wreath... Mr. D helped cut greens to make our wreath. Our dining room smells wonderful. I bought pillars last year. I was tired of ordering and replacing tapers.
A Storybook Advent... I usually wrap up books for each day of the Advent and Christmas season, but this year, I decided to turn our homeschool upside down with a little seasonal fun based on the books. The books line our dining room walls. I plan on blogging about this.
The boys are really into puzzles and such at the moment so I ordered these Advent "guides" for them from Pflaum Publishing.
Other to-do's today... Start the Jesse Tree, our Advent Wreath song, our van's bumper "sticker" to go on, and lights to go in our front windows -- to remind us of the light of Christ.
You can see all our past Advent plans here.
And now, let us put our minds and our hearts in the proper place for this season.
When I become harried
when I think I have too much to do
and not enough time,
when I feel burdened
give me the grace to remember,
always to remember,
that my obligations,
activities and busy-ness,
an abundance of blessings,
enormous, ineffable blessings,
help me to see my busy days
and busy ways
as the privilege and the gift
that they are.
Help me to remember, pray for,
and tangibly support
those who are not "burdened"
by too much to eat,
too much to bake,
too much to decorate,
too many books to read.
Help me, Lord, to see the Advent of Your birth
as a time to remember all of these things,
to drop to my knees and thank You,
always to thank You,
for so much undeserved Love.