Thursday, November 29, 2012

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Advent

Actually, the world is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but Advent is my story and I'm sticking to it.

That means I'll engage in a little Advent busy-ness Saturday, in order to start our preparations for Christmas.

The Advent wreath will come out:

The Jesse Tree will go up:

The Jesse Tree
Finding Jesus in the Old Testament
But a shoot shall sprout from
the stump of Jesse, and from his
roots a bud shall blossom.
The spirit of the Lord shall
rest upon him: a spirit of
wisdom and of understanding,
a spirit of counsel and of
strength, a spirit of knowledge
and of fear of the Lord.
~~ Isaiah 11:1-2

The Advent Calendars will appear. All kinds of Advent calendars. Lots of them:

Favorite Advent and Christmas picture books will gather in pagey clusters under the Jesse Tree. Because no one is ever too old for picture books.

Ramona's all-time favorite


There's more, to be sure. More to do, more to blog about (and sometimes there will be more blogging about doing less. Less is more, when it comes to Advent.)

There's my No-Panic Advent series, which brings all of our ideas and traditions together in one frighteningly long post.

And there are other Advent link-ups to check out:

"Little Holy Days" will be hosted by Haley at Carrots for Michaelmas, along with Dualing Moms and
Molly Makes Do. Good stuff.

Bonnie Engstrom of A Knotted Life has a great video announcement here about her Advent series. (I'll be part of that one later in December.)


So take a breath and remember -- Advent is not a marathon, not a competition, not an event, and not a reason to go crazy. It's preparation for the best birthday party of all time. Just think of the One you're preparing a party for -- you know what He'd say if you could sit down with Him and talk about the soiree:

"Don't go to a lot of trouble for Me. Don't wear yourself out and get stressed, okay? The only gift I really want is the gift of yourself. That's all. Pass the birthday cake. How did you know I wanted chocolate?"


christine M said...

I'll be getting our Advent decorations down too. That also includes setting up the Nativity scene - with the major players somewhere else in the house - starting their journey. And last year we got a wonderful statue of Mary and Joseph with Mary large with child and riding a donkey. A perfect Advent decoration.
Happy and Blessed Advent to you!

Karen Edmisten said...

Christine, you just made me realize that although I mention (in the No-Panic series) the idea of having Mary and Joseph start their journey far away from the Nativity set -- we do that, too -- I've never really highlighted our various Nativity sets. Thanks for the reminder! Your new statue sounds perfect, too!

Anonymous said...

"The only gift I really want is the gift of yourself. That's all."

Thanks for the reminder! Here I was, on the eve of the First Sunday, stressing out because I am not prepared and clueless as to what to do at this moment.