I had to scramble a bit to set up my Advent decorations yesterday morning. When we renovated two bedrooms on the second floor in August, some of the Christmas decorations were moved around. Fortunately I was able to find the Advent wreath and candles which are now set up on our dining room table along with an empty manger.
On the left is an Advent count-down candle that I found at St. Francis Thrift Shop on Saturday. Two dollars and still in the box! The glass pillar was another find from Saturday; this time from Goodwill. I used purple glass beads and small stones to anchor the candle. I had planned just to use the glass beads, but I didn’t have enough. I set the candle up in the kitchen for lighting at breakfast. I’d like to use our grapevine to create a small wreath around the glass, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.
Also in our kitchen, I set up our homemade Nativity set on shelves over the baking area. I made this set a few years ago based on something I saw in an online catalog. At the top is Baby Jesus waiting with the three Wise Men who are also waiting. At the bottom are Mary and Joseph and in the middle is Bethlehem where everyone will come together.
In the back, I placed two words to remind us that Advent is a time of preparation, of anticipation. It’s really hard to remember that there is a season between Ordinary time and Christmas, but perhaps this display will remind our family and any visitors in December.
The little ones helped me gather all the autumn and Thanksgiving decorations including the ones on the mantel. The mantel is clear, except for these items until I start decorating for Christmas during the fourth week of December.
My plan for the next two weeks is to keep putting decorative items away until the shelves look sparse. I want to emphasize the penitential side of Advent and focusing on preparing our family for the great celebration on Christmas Day.