Advent is over. I added a little bit of fasting to the season this year--something new to me. This is the season of preparation--preparing our hearts and homes for the celebration of Christ's arrival into our world.
When we were homeschooling, we would bake our Christmas treats, play games, and relax during the 12 days of Christmas--December 25 through Epiphany on January 6th. I realized part way through December that my older son would not be here to participate in all of that since he no longer lives at home. So I scrambed to get the Christmas treats made before Christmas. Next year I will start earlier.
On Tuesday, I had my son bring the Christmas box down from the attic only to discover at 7pm that the top part of the Christmas tree was not lit. A quick trip to the stores in the area brought home the only small tree we could find—I rather like that I can fit it, the crèche, and a few other decorations in the bay window.
On Wednesday, my son was going to cut branches from the evergreens and help me put the lights on the lamp post. If anyone knows, however, where the lamp post lights have gone, please let me know! A problem with lighting seemed to be the theme this year!
A special meal, Christmas Eve candlelit service, time with family—this was a great way to enter into the season of Christmas!