I love the Liturgical Year and wanted to do a little more decorating for Advent this year. I don't like to spend too much money on decorations and I don't like to have anything too big to store. I got an idea from Sun and Candlelight and A Number of Things and tweaked it for my mantle. I'll keep you in suspense for now as to the entire project but it is simple, cost $11 and will store in a minimum of space.
Last year the kids and I read the book The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean and they made Jesse tree ornaments each day. They loved this project and especially the book. We will again read the book and attach our ornaments each day of advent. I had never heard of a Jesse Tree until I was perusing my friend Michele's curriculum Mater Amabilis. I found several great books and ideas from this site.
The other tradition we have are advent boxes. It is the same idea as an advent calendar except I have candy boxes for each day (actually we count down the days of December until Christmas which doesn't always quite coincide with Advent) and inside the boxes are the pieces of the Playmobil Nativity. My kids were never big Playmobil fans so I am always surprised at how much they enjoy this activity. I'll post pictures of everything once Advent rolls around.
I'd love to hear what you do for Advent and also for Thanksgiving. I want to do some projects soon with the boys for that soon-to-come holiday.