The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light
they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, on them has the light shined.
I was inspired. So I went out to the front garden this afternoon with my shears and cut a bunch of greenery off the bushes. I stuck it all around my little metal wreath which is just sitting on a dinner plate. The pine cones the girls and I picked up on this morning’s after-breakfast walk. I think it came out looking rather nice. Holly and azalea and whatever the heck that feathery evergreen is called.
It’s not fancy. It may not last. But I can always go get some more branches where those came from.
And the best thing was Bella’s exclamation when she got up from her nap. A long gasp: “Oooooh!” Ah the wonder of Advent! There is something so magical about something as simple as a green wreath and a lit candle.
We also had a wonderful reading binge this afternoon as Dom pulled the box of Christmas books down from the attic along with the wreath and the creche. Oh Bella was thrilled with rediscovering all her favorite book friends. And Sophie was excited to be making their acquaintance too. I am so glad I put them all away so that they are wonderfully new.