Saturday, November 29, 2014

It's the .:Most:. Wonderful Time of the Year! 10 of Our Traditions for Advent and Christmas~ Wreaths, Trees, Recipes, Crafts, Stories, Santa, Science & Savoring w/LINKY

Despite the ads and commercials telling us that the Christmas season is here
we actually have this wonderful, preparatory, redemptive span of time
that tends to get "lost" amid the hustle of December....: advent.

So as we began to decorate the house and strategize the calendar
for December, I decided  to gather ideas in a roundup of sorts of  our family's 
advent-ish and Christmas-y  traditions.
This advent's schedule looks a bit different than it did in  previous years.
As the kids get older and their outside commitments and extra curriculars,
 even within the parish community,
  cast a wider net  and fill more boxes than I'd like on the calendar
I find I have to guard our
family's most precious commodity....time...even more than ever.
Numerous invitations and opportunities will have to be declined
 this month in order to do so......
in order to  widen the margins and crate more white space...
in order  to pray over the advent wreath and read our
Jesse Tree verses. 
Just a few minutes of prayer per night, as a family.
That's all I can hope for and write in on our calendar.
Here's my collection of rituals and reflections
....I can assure you, friends,
especially given my less-is-more rant, above,
that these activities are simple and require little to no prep.
Maybe an idea or two will speak to you
 to adapt into your'own domestic church!
I'd love to get an advent idea exchange going! 
You're welcome to share in the combox a ritual or anything, really
that your family loves!!
Here goes~~~

and the post which stirred a great deal of controversy and deleted comments.....
Hard to believe

This post is an anchor/host of the
 Catholic Bloggers' Network advent 2013  linky...
TONS of awesome posts are linked!

For a concise and awesome
summary of this beautiful liturgical season within our Church,
I'm going to send you over to my friend, Tracy's, blog.
And of course, while you're there, 
peruse some of Tracy's beautiful family traditions as well.
Pin away and then come back for more, okay?
You.Will. Love. Tracy's. Advent. Collection.

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