Advent calendar activities this year include: making paper snowflakes, making tin lanterns and going on a night hike, watching the Nutcracker (a movie version will have to suffice), blanket forts, reading Christmas stories and drinking hot chocolate, ice skating, and much, much more. The little slips of paper were stowed away in the advent stockings this morning, and now we will see if all of my grand schemes will come to pass. Sundays, being special feast days to celebrate the Lord's Day, will have chocolate treats and the kids will get to light the advent candles on the table.
What are your advent traditions and plans?
Relaxing on the couch, sipping more hot cider - after the tree was put up, the baked ham with walnuts and cranberries was eaten, and the kids were in bed - I wondered aloud why putting up the Christmas decorations felt funny this year. Like no time had passed at all since last year, a complete deja vu. It's not like nothing has happened since last year... Amelia being born, attic addition built, et cetera, et cetera... And then it hit me. This is the first time we have set up the decor in the same house and in a similar manner.
Year 1&2 - Christmas in transit, traveling from Idaho to various parts of Missouri with no preparatory advent season at our own house. Year 3 - Portland, Christmas at our apartment and massive quantities of snow, flying out the day after and spending 12 hours stuck in the Vegas airport. Year 4 - Clay's parents fly into Portland to help us move back to Missouri. Year 5&6 - Christmas in the Ozarks. Cedar trees in the dining room.
I am going to have to get used to this setting down roots and living in the same house with the same yearly routine thing.
I think I like it.