But, in keeping with the title of this blog, I thought that I would share with you just a couple of sweet ways that my children, husband, and I have been keeping Advent during this beautiful liturgical season.
...who can resist a sweet handmade interactive Advent wreath made by their favorite preschooler?!!!
This wreath was created by Benjamin using construction paper, toilet paper tubes, and tissue paper.
To assemble: trace hand prints on green construction paper to form the base of the wreath on a paper plate.. Using 4 toilet paper tubes, paint three purple and one pink. Cut bottoms of tubes to adhere to the wreath using Elmer's glue. Finally, scrunch 4 small pieces of yellow tissue paper and insert one piece into each "candle".
Each Sunday morning during Advent, our little guy was beside himself with excitement to pull up a flame.
Not to be outdone by her brother, Mary Catherine also came home with an Advent wreath created at school.
Using dried peas and glue, our first grader mixed and fashioned a wreath. Before hardening, her classroom teacher provided each child with 3 blue (purple) and one pink birthday candle(s). This adorable little wreath is lit each Sunday night during dinner.
Another Advent keeper that Mary created is this little manger crafted from a brown lunch sack that she fills with "straw" cut from yellow strips of paper. Each piece of straw that forms the bedding for Baby Jesus represents one act of kindness or prayer offered up on behalf of the Holy Family.
And finally, there is our family Nativity set. This set belonged to my grandmother and was passed on to me after she passed away in 1993. I have lovingly display it year after year. This year, we have added a new twist...instead of displaying the whole Nativity Set at once, we have only placed Mary, Joseph, the animals and Shepherd boy. We are waiting until December 24th to add Baby Jesus and then the Feast of the Epiphany to add the three Wise Men.
While our Advent altar may not be made up of buckets or burlap & buttons, it is fashioned by the love of a family representing many generations...with hands and hearts that love and honor our Heavenly Father through the simplest of ways.
Wishing you a Blessed Sunday night as we enter into this last week of Advent...