|Sugar cookies with sprinkles to celebrate |
the Solemnity of Christ the King!
If you need any help finishing off this liturgical year on a fun note, here are some ideas to get you started:
1. Eat ALL the chocolate.
Here's the truth: if there's chocolate in the house, I will eat it.
|Milk chocolate pudding makes a |
great late-night snack :)
2. Light candles of various colors.
Once Advent hits, the main candles we'll be lighting around here are the lovely purple and pink candles that form our Advent wreath, because I just love praying and working by the lit wreath! Until then, I feel the need to light all of the other candles we have. Those purple and pink candles will get there chance late on; this week is for all of the other candles we have scattered throughout our home.
3. Marathon all of those shows and movies that aren't about Christmas.
While I don't give up technology for Advent, I do embrace more silence and less screen time. I also do not want to watch Christmas movies before it's even Christmas. So, this week is the time to marathon all of those random shows and movies that I've wanted to see (I just finished The Punisher, and I think I may take a look at some animated Batman episodes this week, too).
4. Declutter the house.
Even though I'm a bit of a minimalist, the coming holiday season will inevitably include awesome stuff entering our home. This is beautiful and wonderful, and I truly appreciate the generosity of others-it just means that I need to declutter now, so that we don't drown in a sea of presents + clutter + belongings we daily use. Decluttering is also a great chance to listen to awesome podcasts and watch shows (see above), so it's a win-win situation.
5. Listen to fun music (that isn't about Advent or Christmas).
The other night, as we drove home from our Thanksgiving break, I took issue with the radio. I'd find a station that wasn't on a commercial break and I'd hear Christmas music playing.
"IT'S NOT CHRISTMAS YET!" I exclaimed, switching to another channel...
...only to hear the melodies of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel."
"IT'S NOT ADVENT YET!" I yelped, finally finding an instrumental music station.
In my opinion, there will be a time for Advent music (during Advent), and Christmas music (during the season of Christmas), but this week is not either of those times. No, this week is for all of that fun music that will sit by the wayside as soon as Advent comes (because I will listen to Advent at Ephesus and Bach's Cantatas many times over). So far, I've been listening to a lot of Purity Ring (especially "Begin Again"), some Imagine Dragons, and music from The King and I. I think my toddler must have hit an add on Spotify earlier today, because our music switched from "Shall We Dance?" to Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys. But this week is a great time for the 90s to make their musical appearance, so it's all good ;)
I hope that you have an awesome end to the current liturgical year, and a great start to Advent this weekend!