Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real ~ Advent Begins

I love Advent.  We have made some lovely traditions to enjoy during this season.  My favorites revolve around books and charity. This morning the children were so excited about opening the first of the Advent books I had wrapped and placed under the tree.

Pretty ~
This pretty little lady is really enjoying making paper toys out of a turn-of-the-century toy book.

Happy ~
I am happy that the kids enjoy opening our Advent books as much as I do each year.  Today's book was The Other Wise Man.  This is a wonderful story about how doing good to others is the true gift we can give to Jesus.
Little Red Riding Hood is opening the first Advent book to be read for this year.

Tom Sawyer was soo happy to have a Lego Advent calendar to open this year.

We put our Nativity up this morning.  I love this Nativity!  The fact that we have found pieces with the same name as each of our children makes it extra special and makes me happy.

Funny ~
Look what I discovered when I passed the nativity later in the day.  Everyone around here has the Nutcracker on the brain.  My four children will all be performing on the big stage very soon.

Do you see the Nutcracker in the middle of the Nativity? LOL

Real ~
The kids have enjoyed knowing that their old toys are going to needy families who we found on Freecycle.  The last box is waiting to be picked up on the front stoop.  I am glad that they are coming to understand the true meaning of Christmas ~ love, giving, and caring for your fellow humans (and animals).



  1. What wonderful Advent traditions you have given your children! :-) And, yes, the nutcracker in the Nativity is just too cute.

    We had a great first week of Advent, as well. I'll be posting some pics of it in my post tomorrow.

    Many blessings,

  2. What a wonderful start to the season. We are hoping to start more of our traditions tomorrow. (Today was full with a service project.)

    Hugs to you,

  3. I've loved reading about your Advent traditions. Do you find different books each year or do you repeat them? I requested some of the books you used last year on Paperback Swap. I received one or two of them over the year.

    Oh, and GracieGirl has been eating wheat successfully for a few years now, but has had several reactions over the past couple of weeks and then really ran into trouble when we were making Christmas cookies. I blogged about it here:

  4. P.S. Love the nutcracker in with the nativity! :)