Advent…prepping for Christmas

So, Christmas is my favorite time of year.  When I say “Christmas,” I also mean Advent.  That’s the time before Christmas were we wait in excitement and anticipation for our Lord’s coming.  Since we are religious, it’s huge in our house–which makes Christmas that much more fun!  So, here’s what we are doing this Advent. 

Of course, we are decorating the Christmas Tree.  Some wait till Christmas Eve.  I don’t have that kind of patience.

In all it’s glory…

And we are leaving time for some “horsing” around.

Set up our Nativity, minus the Christ child.  He appears on Christmas morning.

Our Jesse Tree.  This is our first year doing this.  We read a series of stories from the Bible that lead up to the Creation story on Christmas day.  That night ,we draw a picture on our sticker symbolizing the story and put it on the tree.  I really like this.

On top of our Christmas cards for friends and family, we sent off 54 Christmas cards to injured and deployed Soldiers.

My sweet girl “helped” by drawing some pictures for the Soldiers.

More decorating.

St. Nick visited!  (Got them out just in time.)

 We are also doing an Advent Wreath and lighting it at night for dinner.  Christmas movies, fires in the fireplace, and other festive activities are on the list, too.  I love this time of year, and the anticipation for Christmas morning.  The magic, the spirituality.  It’s so beautiful.  Wishing you and yours a wonderful Season, too. 

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