Happy First Week of Advent

This past Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent, so... Happy First Week of Advent! If you're here in the States, I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. We sure did. My brothers-in-law visited from Washington, DC, and we had a wonderful time with them. They stayed at the fancy Hyatt Regency downtown, and we ate Thanksgiving dinner in the ballroom. Their suite was fabulous, and the girls got to swim in the pool. Sunday, we had a small family dinner with my dad and grandma over at my sister's house (with her family, of course).

We've been decorating! While I do honor the season of Advent - Christmas isn't for a few more weeks! - I still prefer to get all the decorations out as soon as Thanksgiving ends. Then they will stay out until Epiphany (at least). We still need an Advent wreath. My old one has disappeared, and Mr. B is planning to make one, but it hasn't happened yet. While we plan to read this book again, I'm still deciding on an Advent calendar. I'm tired of gifting the kids with something every single day, and need to make a change. I do like the idea of good deed/kindness calendars. Tomorrow is December 1, though, so I'd better think of something fast!

I have books, books, books to share this month. We are planning a trip to Lucia Fest in Lindsborg again, and both of my bunheads are dancing in Ballet Wichita's annual production of The Nutcracker. If you frequent this blog at all, you know I tend to be a bit holiday-crazy!

Until next time, here are some photos I took of our living room decor!

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