"He will be great, and will be called Son of the Most High."
In the Catholic Church, the church calendar begins a new year the first day of Advent. So Happy New Year to you!
Do you have any resolutions, especially during this beautiful season?
I love Advent. The older I get, the more I fall in love with it. Advent and Lent both!
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. I had plenty of help this year in my kitchen. David smoked the turkey and it turned out so delicious.
David said he went out at 3am to turn the smoker on and it was a balmy 65 degrees F. There he was in shorts and t-shirt. He went back out at 5am and it was 40 degrees F. and dropping. It ended up being in the 30's Thanksgiving day. (My blood has so thinned since living in the south. I'm a total wimp now!)
With David freeing up my oven...I had so much room! Makes me want a double oven unit...(sigh...)
This girl made her first pumpkin pie....all! by! herself!
She is really growing into a domesticated lady of the house and will make a very good wife and mother someday...not that I'm trying to marry her off just yet!
These two little munchkins helped me make the apple pie.
It was all so yummy!
The rest of the weekend was a filled with R&R....lots of it! I didn't realize how tired our bodies had grown from such an active fall.
I love to watch, hear, and see what others are doing at this time of the year. It is such a magical time, isn't it?
~Our Christmas preparations pretty much focus on Advent right now. For the children in particular, I started using this last year...
Christmas Mosaic. A beautiful title that perfectly sums up the material covered inside. You can purchase it here.
The book selection list is amazing! We concentrate on different books for each week of Advent. This week, the kids will be reading the following based on the theme Advent/Decoration/Preparation Stories:
We found all of these at the library.
I know the book The Christmas Miracle of Jonathon Toomey was made into a movie. You can rent it on Netflix. We rented it last year and it is a beautiful Christmas story for all ages.
~The Advent wreath came out and sits in the center of our kitchen table.
~The kids filled the advent calendar with their chocolates. (I just pitched the rest of their Halloween candy.)
~Ordered our Christmas picture cards from Sam's on Friday. They had a special: 100 for $15.00!
~We placed our Christmas candles in the window and hung the wreathes near them. I love the old Irish tradition of Christmas candles in the window. My mother and father always had candles in the window during Advent/Christmas.
May you and your family find the peace in preparation this week.