This year, we started Advent twelve days before Christmas. I'm not sure we could have started it sooner even if we had wanted to, but thankfully, we had already planned to do a shorter Advent season this year. We're skipping some of our typical activities, reading a few extra Christmas books each night during family time, and really enjoying this special season. Here's a glimpse at some of our fun so far...
We kicked off Advent by visiting a live Nativity at a local church.
This was our third year visiting "A Walk Through Bethlehem"
and it is becoming quite the family tradition.
We've played with Nativity magnets...
and Nativity stickers.
We've made homemade ornaments.
We had big, elaborate plans to go and cut a tree at a local tree farm this year,
but because of the flare-up we opted for a real tabletop tree
(and we just got it up and decorated this week).
We've painted candy canes.
Then last night we cuddled up under blankets
and watched The Very First Noel while eating candy canes.
We still have a few more days left before our big Happy Birthday Jesus celebration,
but it's been a wonderful abbreviated Advent season so far.