Advent is here! A time of preparation - and while yes it is a time to prepare for Christmas, it's more importantly a time to prepare our hearts for Christ. There is so much beauty in the season of Advent that if we can truly simplify this time we can focus on that much needed preparation.
Did you pick up an Advent Domestic Church bag at the back of church this weekend? If not stop in any time to grab one! There are such great resources for you to celebrate this time! I'll share my Advent checklist below. One tradition that is so simple to bring into your home is an Advent wreath - it is such a simple and easy way to remember we are journeying closer to the Christmas season. We light our Advent wreath at the dinner table, dinner by candlelight has become tradition here during Advent and there would be a mutiny in the Sanders home if I dared skip a day! Candlelight dinner has a few advantages:
1. It makes everything seem "fancy" - chicken nuggets or hot dogs for dinner served on paper plates? No worries! Fancy!
2. It helps your kids feel "fancy" - the loud rowdiness of dinner at our house diminishes as they discuss how "fancy" people act at "fancy" dinners. Quiet"er" dinner - Fancy!
3. It helps you not notice any mess in the house that needs cleaned while you are eating - it's to dark to see it (as a mom this is FANCY!)
4. Each week as you add a lighted candle and then finally the Christ candle and the small light of a single candle grows in brightness as more are added, we truly see the light that Christ brought in the world with is birth - nothing fancier than that?!?!
I hope that in this unusual 2020 we are able to slow down, enjoy our family traditions and maybe create some new ones. This year has offered us much time for reflection - and Advent will be no different!
Here is a my Advent Checklist (hint hint it's also in the Domestic Church bags with more info on each day and some resources to make your Advent easier!)
Be Blessed and Filled with Hope this week!
November 30th - First Sunday of Advent - The Feast of St. Andrew
Advent Wreath and candles
Something fishy - Gold Fish Crackers, Swedish Fish, Fish for dinner
December 6th - Feast of St. Nicholas
Your kids shoes
Chocolate Gold Coins (Dollar tree usually has them, Walmart party section)
Simple treats or gift
As a bonus the parish is offering a walkthrough St. Nick event on the 6th from 10-12:30 at the Shrine on
West Main St. Everything you need as a parent to help you celebrate will be handed out while your
kids visit St. Nick (from a safe distance!) .
December 8th - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Coloring page (Included in this bag!)
December 12th - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dinner plans! Tacos, Enchiladas, something to represent Mexico
Roses - and the cards enclosed!
December 13th - Feast of St. Lucy
Something sweet for breakfast (donuts, cinnamon rolls, pancakes)
A sweet treat to GIVE (store bought, homemade, your choice!)
The gift tags in this bag
December 16-24 - Las Posadas
Mary and Joseph from your Nativity
No I didn't sneak this one in here - but this is a GREAT tradition to start with your family! Our Hispanic community gather to pray and sing (in normal times) at a different persons house each evening, journeying as Mary and Joseph would have until they found a place to stay and to celebrate (on the 24th). In our home this is the time we move Mary and Joseph throughout our home as they journey toward the Nativity. You can simply use your existing figures from your home Nativity set. Our kids enjoy trying to find them each morning.