Oh, these days... the FUN! Making home ready for Advent and Christmas! We've begun decorating here at home-- adding purple cloths here and there. Purple being the liturgical color for Advent. I love living church at home, which we are called to do. I love the rituals. Purple candles are ready to light each week of Advent. (Often a pink candle is used for the third Sunday in Advent, Gaudete Sunday, which is symbolic of joy... but for simplicity's sake I have purple candles for this year.) There will be extra candles lit, and a few sparkly decorations... We things simple, but meaningful, decorating in the colors, purple, white, gold and silver.
We have an extra candle for Advent this year, a pretty one with numbers. We love candle glow this time of year, so couldn't resist! A new set of cookie tins came home with us recently. A set of three--two smaller tins nest inside this larger one with cute Christmas gnome-motif. Since we will be home here for Christmas, I plan on some baking and treats!
This is Luna's first Christmas with us, and we are excited! I crocheted a Christmas stocking for her that will be hung up. It is larger than it looks in the photo--about 16-inches long/ 40cm. Big enough for Luna to fit into... haha! It was very fun to make. I used this pattern, which is great for yarn stash-busting.
A treat at the moment...year-end issues of Country Living magazine (the UK edition) and Isabellas--a stylish quarterly Danish magazine. Danish is very similar in a lot of ways to Norwegian, so I'm enjoying the challenge of reading this Danish magazine.
We have a pair of lovely garlands of sparkly gold glitter paper stars to hang up... These were purchased from LaMiaCasa shop via Etsy.
It wouldn't be the lead-up to Christmas without Elvis Presley's White Christmas crooning in the background here...
...as well as this GORGEOUS recording, Advent at Ephesus sung by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles!
Here's our little Christmas tree... A tabletop tree, which we have sitting on the sideboard in our dining room, were we can admire its light glow from several places. Silver baubles, silver ribbons and frosty snowflake ornaments. (Yes, the tree is plastic... I know... *sigh*... :(
Well, I better get busy--finish decking these halls! May your days ahead be Merry & Bright!! :)))
PS. This year my daily Advent reading is Living Faith Advent... Mass readings and devotions for every day of Advent. A lovely, simple book while we wait for Jesus...