I have felt a little crazed this Advent season. My etsy shop, MamaWestWind, has been buzzing and I have been crafting away, staying up too late & pushing myself perhaps a little too hard. Ah, but every evening our bed time routine brings me back to peace. This year we've added a few things to our Advent traditions. The above paper advent calendar from, A Child's Dream is just beautiful.
Every evening the boys take turns opening a window. The drawings are just exquisite. The boys ooh and ahh over the delicate little pictures.
The angel descends her star ladder one star every night as we count down the days until Christmas.
The stable awaits Mary & Joesph. Our little blue advent candle will be lit on Christmas eve. This year we are reading, "Mary's Little Donkey and the Escape to Egypt", by Gunhild Sehlin. It's such a beautiful book about Mary & Joesph and their journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem and their escape to Egypt. This book is truly bringing the story alive for us. It's told so sweetly from the perspective of Mary's donkey and the animals around them. Each night both the boys listen intently to one chapter. For Owen this is a major deal as he usually walks around and leaves to play while we're reading anything long or with few pictures.
Mary and Joseph are traveling from our kitchen towards the stable. Each night they move a little closer.
We made this beeswax nativity last year after seeing it on Small Things blog. I love, love, love this nativity. So beautiful and smells so wonderful. It resides on the nature table.
So what are your favorite Advent traditions? I would love to hear about them.
Until next time...