That Time I Did Not Advent Right

25 Advent Activities and Worldwide Christmas Traditions

One of the beautiful things I love about Christmas is that it is a worldwide celebration celebrated by many countries in various ways.  Many of your own Christmas traditions may have originated from other cultures.  While you are checking off activities on your advent list, this can be the perfect time to teach your kids about the history of some of those activities you are doing and to incorporate a few other fun Christmas activities from other countries....more

A new advent tradition

It’s December 2nd, and it’s starting to feel like Christmas around here.  In the past I have purchased the chocolate filled calendars for the advent countdown for our girls, but this year, thanks to Pinterest I have a new advent for them. Each little gift bag is numbered for the day of the month.  Instead of candy there are activities and things to do together as a family.  Some include treats, it’s the holidays after all!...more

Preparing for Advent

Do traditional ceremonies have a place in modern Christianity?I'm not trying to edge out Thanskgiving. Advent begins on November 30th. If I wait until then to write about Advent, you will not have time to prepare....more

Thankfulness Tuesday: Christmas Tradition

I love tradition. I love having something that I know that we are going to do...something to look forward to. Part of becoming a family is creating your own traditions...taking some from his family and taking some from your family. It's fun to come up with new ideas too. A few of my favorite Christmas traditions are advent season, cutting down a tree and Christmas Eve service. I also love Christmas parties and dressing up in fancy clothes.To read more about my family tradition, visit: ...more

Allow and accept...

"C-C-C-Cottey, beautiful Cottey, it's a school of which I'm sure you've heard before,If you get good grades, they send you to Paris!Oh, it's got everything, oh, everything, but ... men."...more

Are You Secretly Cynical?

Advent is a time of waiting, waiting in silence, in the dark.  But how do we wait? Do we wait stoically or with joy? Do we wait like a child, a child who trusts that his daddy will keep His promises or have life’s disappointments left us jaded and closed off to any spiritual surprises? Come to think of it, how many of us actually expect anything to happen to us on Christmas morning? When we are secretly cynical, we will not receive a thing, not a pinpoint of Light and we will cement our cynicism in place for another year....more

Waiting With a Pregnant Mary

In Greenbush, the snow is falling straight down in huge flakes, coating each branch and twig with a thick coating of snow. The snow literally absorbs sound waves and the effect is a quiet, peaceful, pure white oasis. In the middle of this deep silence, the thought popped into my mind that it is also the first week of Advent,  a time of silent waiting when we light the first candle, the candle of hope. Let these paintings and icons of a pregnant Mary inspire you as you wait with her for the birth of Jesus....more
rbiffert I found this icon (called Meeting of Elizabeth and the Theotokos).  on Pinterest ...more

O Come O Come Emmanuel

I made my first Holy Communion during Advent 1974, and that was the processional song.  It's the first time I remember hearing it--at any rate it's when I learned the words--and so hearing it this time of year has a little bit of extra significance for me!...more

Rainy day Sunday

Today found our pesky little friend hanging off our chandelier. He made me a nervous wreak up there. I just had visions of someone turning on the fan and either taking his little head off or just sending him airborne. I'm already on Santa's naughty list. The little dude over heard me say if JingleBells didn't stop his little antics I was going to kick his magical little butt back to the North Pole. Bubby got a call from Santa yesterday and ratted me out!...more