Advent 2009, I love the glow on their little faces!
Just a quick little note about some Advent traditions we do around here. First and foremost, is the Advent wreath. Our "wreath" is a little untraditional--I got tired of candles falling in the middle of prayers (and that the wreath didn't fit in the middle of the table with plates) so Ken drilled me four holes in a cherry board and viola! I love it. Just another reminder that it is okay to make traditions work for your family. Go here for prayers if you need help getting started.
here and print out ornaments to color with readings. We were very blessed to be able to do a Jesse Tree ornament swap with our homeschool support group two years ago and thus, the wide variety of homemade ornaments.
Some novenas we enjoy:
- Immaculate Conception Novena--starting today and ending on the 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary (also a Holy Day of Obligation). You can see Elizabeth Foss's novena and candle craft here.
- Novena to Our Lady of Guadelupe--since the feast day is traditionally the 12th (a Sunday this year), my calendar says it can be observed on either the 11th or the 13th (also the feast of St. Lucy). You can also go here to check out the Basilica and watch a video of the inside. Very cool.
- Holy Family Novena--this year the feast day is on December 26th (usually the 28th), so start on the 18th.
And don't forget to hang your stockings for St. Nicholas day on December 6th!
Along with all of these feast days and novenas, we also celebrate Ken's birthday during Advent (I also have an aunt and two sister-in-law birthdays during this time!). For Ken's birthday, we always go see the train display downtown and sometimes walk around Fountain Square and watch the ice skaters. Then we come back for dinner, cake and presents!
Patrick and Nathan, loving the trains in 2004.