We are slowly easing our way into this beautiful new season of waiting. I am spending evenings cleaning and organizing, and preparing for Christmas in my own way. This year we are embracing traditions old and new, and letting some go as well.
There are the traditional Advent calendars (I usually buy several because I have a good many children.) I loved them so much as a child, that I have never been inclined to create anything more. (we have this one, this one, and this one this year.)
And this year, a new addition: A manger, a jar of yarn, and an invitation to make a soft bed for baby Jesus. Every loving act, every little sacrifice, an opportunity to add another piece of “straw.” When Christmas morning finally arrives, the little Lord Jesus will have a soft place to lay His sweet head. (I plan to make a simple swaddled doll.)
And there is more planned: