I thought I'd participate in the Christmas Tour of Homes through BooMama. Head on over to check out lots of other great "open houses". First on the list is my little Advent sign. I like to remind myself that we are in the season of Advent, not Christmas.....not yet. It helps me to slow the pace a little.Next is the kids Advent calendar. I have a lit wreath on the top of the pie crust table and the boxes under are filled with the Nativity. Ok, there is some chocolate interspersed with the angel and shephards. The kids really enjoy opening these and I love to see how they arrange all the "players". My kids really like campfires and every year Mary, Joseph and even the angel are gathered around the fire. I wonder if they are singing campfire Christmas songs???
Here it is lit up:And to keep with the Advent theme, here's a picture of our Advent wreath. We light a candle each evening (I took the picture during the 2nd week of Advent, thus two candles are lit, not three) and read a chapter from The Jesse Tree. Several years ago, while I was homeschooling the boys, I let them make ornaments for each story. We all enjoy digging through the bag and finding which ornament goes with each story. Sometimes we have a hard time figuring it out but that is part of the fun. I'm so thankful that my boys still enjoy all of these activities. Here you see the actual Jesse Tree. We cut some forsythia on St. Barbara's day to hang our ornaments and are thrilled to see some of it beginning to bloom.Next is a picture of my mantle. I had a hard time getting the shots due to failing light. We have the "fancy" Nativity up there and the stocking hung with care. I tried to get a close up shot of the Holy family but it was the Three Kings that came out the best so that's what I'm showing you. And finally, the tree. We just put it up on Saturday. The kids were so excited to decorate. Well, I've run out of time and haven't even offered you a treat. I hope you'll stop by later to pick up a recipe or two. I'll try to get them up tonight or tomorrow.