|We made a Christmas and Advent book tree!|
Oh, how I love this time of year. December is truly my favorite month. This weekend, we decked the house for the season. I do believe in celebrating by the calendar, and Christmas isn't until the 25th, but out of habit and in order to enjoy the decorations, we still like to bring everything out as soon as Thanksgiving is over. Then we leave it up until Epiphany - January 6!
This year, I replaced my lovely muslin Advent garland bags with Kraft paper bags. The muslin bags were looking rather filthy (they were several years old), and a couple of them were missing. I also discovered that all of our candles had melted in the shed, and our Advent wreath uses candles of a very specific size. I haven't replaced them yet. We did attend church, yesterday, so there was always the church wreath!
Much to Little Sis's chagrin, we are using the white artificial tree we bought last year again.
I love real trees, but we're still on a tight budget. Besides, in order to keep the tree up through Epiphany, it would be better to wait at least another week or two for a real tree. Little Sis has a dream about having her own house someday, where she'll only use real trees and wreaths and garland, and she will decorate them with only her late Grandma Donna's ornaments. (Remind me to tell you about all of Little Sis's Christmas/Advent specifications later. She is such a cranky old lady when it comes to decor and music!)
Although, she did buy that Wonder Woman ornament with her own birthday money, this year. (We found her at Target, but I can't find her on the website.)
She also bought a new nutcracker - the Clara nutcracker you see next to our book tree in the top photo.
One week from Thursday, Big Sis will be a little mouse, dancing in two performances of Ballet Wichita's The Nutcracker for schools around the area, followed by the big public performance Saturday night. This has added a new element to our routine, as she has had Sunday rehearsals for weeks now. It also means we will not be going to Lindsborg for Lucia Fest, seeing as how she's performing that night. We have planned lots of ways to drink in the season, though, and we hope you will follow along as we share them with you. Most of the posts I'm prepping are book-related, of course.
|The wreath was featured in my number one most popular post.|
The girls have their tinsel trees in the playroom again. They finally picked up enough to earn them back this year! It was their idea to dress up the American Girl dolls for display.
And Big Sis found the perfect accessory for Mommy's Darth Vader.
Our Thanksgiving weather was lovely, and Saturday was downright crazy. It was in the low seventies! The girls saw Big Hero 6 as part of a little girl's 9th birthday party, then we headed back to her house for cake. Her grandmother had put her Christmas trees up for the kids, but the weather was so lovely, they spent the whole time in the backyard! This was a good thing, though. Yesterday, the high was only 35, with a low of 14! How's that for a temperature drop?
Little Sis had the sniffles, which I hoped was weather-related. No luck. She's home sick from school today.
I hope all of my American readers had a lovely Thanksgiving - I posted about ours here. Our two books for that holiday have been replaced with multiple sacks of Christmas books! Let the festive reading begin!