A very late arrival home from Thanksgiving travels (midnight last night) has me catching up on Advent preparations today. Sweet hubby dug out the Advent box this afternoon just before he hustled a car-load of children out the door (all ours, minus the baby, and two neighbors) to a church dinner and bonfire at a friend's farm near by. So, Baby L (who slept for nearly 15 hours!) is enjoying, I'm not exaggerating, a very late breakfast (yes, it is 4pm)/early dinner (what do you call that, brinner?), while I dig through the Advent box.
I was happy to discover a bit of unremembered organization: Somehow last year I made an Advent/Christmas/Epiphany binder. How do I not remember doing such a wise thing? And then I even remembered to put it in the Advent box so I'd find it first thing this year? My, my! I was an organized thing last year. And to top it off, I still have perfectly good candles for my advent wreath. Which is good, because I suspect that there will be a scarcity of pink and purple candles at Michael's and Hobby Lobby this week. And if I don't start something on time, I'm unlikely to try to catch up. Which is silly, because "better late than never" is not always true, but in the case of Advent I believe it is!
So, if you are a bit behind, like me, it really isn't too late!
Here are some ideas and links to get you started:
Leila, at Like Mother, Like Daughter, has begun blogging about her Advent, but I found this delightful introduction to decorating for Advent in her archives. I really love her suggestion to decorate with bits of nature that seem to express an expectancy!
Ann Voskamp has created a lovely devotional for use with a Jesse Tree. We've not done a Jesse Tree before, but I think this might be the year we do. The devotional is free and it is a treasure! And you don't need to search for the Jesse Tree ornaments, just print and cut out the ones included with the ebook.
Do you need "baby steps" for celebrating Advent? Check out Jennifer Fulwiler's post on just that.
Blessings to you tonight!