Nativity Scene by Bella. I don’t know if you can read the text at the bottom. She wrote it herself, her first invented spelling: NUTVDE SEN
On the first Sunday of Advent I totally forgot about the advent wreath until dinner was on the table and everyone sitting down to eat. But I found the box on the shelf in the office where I thoughtfully stashed the wreath and found some old stubs of candles from previous Advents in the drawer in the hutch. So we had an advent wreath of sorts—a little brass circle with a bit of plastic holly garland draped around it in a circle. Good enough. Three weeks later I still haven’t bought candles. Still using stubs. But I have put the wreath on a platter and added some pine cones to make it look a bit more festive. We say a prayer every night at dinner and sing O Come, O Come Emmanuel. The children love it. It is enough.
St Nicholas Day
Bella gets some candy while Sophie opens a St Therese Christmas ornament.
This was definitely a low key day. I bought some Reese’s peanut butter cups at the pharmacy when I went to pick up my prescription one evening. Those went into everyone’s shoes. I bought some Christmas ornaments from Aquinas and More’s after-Christmas sale last year. Each kid got one—including one for Lucia and a St Francis ornament for our Baby Francis who we lost to miscarriage. I also got the kids a St Lucia book because, after all we had three St Nicholas books and we will be celebrating Lucia’s name day from now on. Everyone was thrilled.
St Lucy’s day
I made Karen Edmisten’s St Lucia bread for the second year. It was yummy. We read our St Lucia book and watched a couple of St Lucia videos. That’s all I accomplished that day. No school work, nothing else. But it was a nice holiday.
You can see our advent wreath behind the bread.
Anthony as Baby Jesus
We’ve been trying to figure out why Anthony wakes up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep. Toddler insomnia. One day I decided to see what happened when we just skipped his nap. As I was cooking dinner he came into the kitchen and burrowed his face into my legs, sobbing. I picked him up and in a minute he was sound asleep. I put him down on the chair in the living room and went back to cooking. While I was making my stir fry, I heard the other kids dressing him up as Baby Jesus and having a nativity play. I couldn’t leave my stir fry but I was very curious. When Dom walked in, he snapped a picture of sleeping Anthony adorned by his loving siblings.
Trimming the Tree
Me at 36 weeks. Can you spot the Christmas tree behind my belly? Anthony is so excited about having a tree in the house: “Look! Look!”
Today we bought a tree and began decorating it.
Bella was a huge help, hanging ornaments and helping the other kids too.
Even though the kids did most of the work, when it was time to make dinner, I needed to sit down and put my feet up. But Dom made dinner for me and it was a lovely day altogether.
I’m not sure I’m going to be doing much at all between now and Christmas. Or really now and New Year’s Eve. But we’ve been reading piles of books and oh the excitement of four children when we got the tree: it is most definitely enough.