No, it wasn’t actually quiet at my house on Monday, it never is. I was very much feeling quiet on the inside though, along with so many of you. I found a peaceful Gregorian Christmas album, and played it all day long.
I finished the green socks (finally.) When I chose which size to cast on, I didn’t take into account the fact that Seth’s feet might grow while I was knitting them. He is twelve after all. So, while those are his feet in the photo, and he really loves these socks, we’re both afraid for him to wear them because his big toes stretch the stitches surrounding them into large holes. I just requested several books on sock knitting from the library as I do believe I have a lot to learn!
When it comes to Advent and Christmas traditions, the general advice is not to add more than one new one each year. This year we are incorporating the O Antiphons into our days from December 17 through the 23rd. My friend Grace and I talked for what must have been hours about just how we would create “Os” to enhance our family’s experience of praying the O Antiphons. There was much discussion, and at one point I found myself googling, “Martha Stewart O Antiphons.” That search did not prove fruitful. I ended up sandwiching glittery cardstock between wooden os purchased at the craft store and painted with shimmery craft paint. The glitter is for the back of each O. Each day we turn the corresponding O around to face the room. There is an image with a symbol for the day’s O Antiphon on the front side. Grace and I agreed that we really like Michele’s images (part of her Jesse tree ornament printable.) As far as the prayers themself go, I am using this guide. As mentioned by the author of the guide, I am planning to prepare a special treat each day. One suggestion is that each member of the family (with the help of parents) plan a treat for each of the seven days. This year, I am just going to plan the treats myself. Today’s treat was gingerbread cranberry muffins. After dinner, we crowded around the computer searching for the perfect version of O Come O Come Emmanuel on YouTube and sang along. Eventually the girls started begging to watch Charlotte and Jonathan videos as well. Unrelated, but they never fail to make us all smile!
p.s. Jonny worked all night last night, and somehow Keats ended up in our bed and we stayed up later than we should have reading A Child’s Christmas in Wales by headlamp. I was thrilled when we came across this illustration. Did any of you have a knitted or crocheted “nose bag” when you were kids? I did!!!
My sister found this book at the thrift store and sent it to us last year. The illustrations are so beautiful! Trina Schart Hyman is a favorite for sure.