Advent traditions

December 1, 2009

Our candles are out, stars and angels are spread around the house, the nature table is cleared away ready to receive the nativity (a piece a day), the paper windows are up ready to open, and the christmas story books are back on the shelves. 

Our little star moon baby is back at the bedside to share in the night time stories, and the waiting has begun for Christmas day. 

Blessings on your advent celebrations.

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Screen free

December 18, 2008

Time for a little screen break, as we move closer together as a family towards Christmas day.  Enjoy the festivities. 

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Light the advent candle four, Peace on Earth forevermore

Christ child in a stable born, Gift of love that Christmas morn.

Candle, candle burning bright, shining in the darkest night.

Candle, candle burning bright, fill our hearts with Christmas light. 


Advent Joy

December 14, 2008

Light the Advent candle three, think of joyful harmony

Angels singing “Peace on Earth”, at the Blessed Saviour’s birth.

Candle, candle burning bright, shining in the darkest night

Candle, candle burning bright, fill our hearts with Christmas light.

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It is illegal to have real candles on your tree in Australia, as in the past they caused many house fires, with hot weather, highly flammable pine, and naked flames.  We have electric “candles” on our tree and many Norwegian decorations from my husband’s side of the family.  The straw decorations such as the angel, I made at a holiday workshop when I was a teenager.   I’m hoping I remember how to make them now they are getting a little worse for wear, and the boys are almost old enough to tackle some of the simpler ones themselves.  There can be such joy in handmade and well loved items from childhood, and such a joy seeing memories created again for or by your own children. 

Wishing you Joy this Avent week.

Advent love

December 7, 2008

Light the advent candle two, think of humble shepherds who

Heard from angels, wonderous sight, love the child was born that night.

Candle, candle burning bright, in the darkness of the night

Candle, candle burning bright, fill our hearts with Christmas light

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Our nativity has been gaining something everyday, silks for the sky and earth, little stars, bigger stars, the christmas star, gemstones, stable, and now we move into the plant and water realm for week two – the palm trees have appeared, as will small bushes, a well, a pile of hay…

May your Advent activities bring you love this week.

Windows

December 1, 2008

Our Advent calendar this year is the one my husband grew up with, based on the story of the Christmas Rose in the Goinge forest, and some of the windows are only just hanging on.  It is lovely to see the awe and reverence the children have towards it.  The elder teaching the younger.. no just one… carefully like this see… oh look! the picture is still as beautiful as I remember… just look with your eyes… can you feel the smile in your heart too?

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Advent – a hopeful start

November 30, 2008

Light the advent candle one, now the waiting has begun

Hope fill our hearts upon our way, time to think of Christmas day

Candle, candle burning bright, shining in the darkest night

Candle, candle burning bright, fill our hearts with Christmas light. 

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I read this beautiful advent poem, which continues over the four weeks of advent at Sarah’s blog last year.    http://maymomvt.blogspot.com/2007/12/light-advent-candle-one.html   I have changed it slightly to fit with what we are reflecting on in our advent  (no winters here for a start!). Tonight we will light the first candle of our wreath, and say the first verse of the poem.  Tomorrow we will start  opening our advent calendar windows, unwrapping one piece each day from our nativity set set up on the nature table, and reading a story from “The Light in the Lantern”  a lovely advent book of stories by Georg Dreissig (Wynstones press) of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. 

Blessings of Hope for the first Advent week