|Ready to be filled with ornaments throughout the Advent season.|
Once it hit about 4:40 p.m., I pulled out my breviary and prayed Sunday Evening Prayer I and excitedly dove into the prayers and words that mark the beginning of the Advent season.
This year, I was particularly excited for Advent to begin. I think that because I didn't fully launch into Advent or Christmas festivities in those final days of Ordinary Time (though I will admit to taking a walk around the neighborhood to keep the toddler awake one evening...and to look at my neighbor's Christmas lights!), the anticipation of the coming season built up. And now, it is here.
Advent is a time of joyful preparation for the coming of Christ, and I love it. Symbols hang down from the branches of our Jesse Tree, a reminder of the prophets, people, and events of the Old Testament that looked to the birth of Christ. The album Advent at Ephesus (currently available on Spotify!) fills the room with Advent chants and songs. Figurines of St. Joseph and Mary travel towards an empty manger, where they will arrive on Christmas Eve.
|The shepherds and empty manger, complete with weather radio.|
|The first ornaments are up!|
Advent also feels like a good time to knit, and my son needs a winter hat with ear flaps, so I'm imitating Ma Cobb and I'm attempting to make a cunning hat for him. The colors are a little off, but I hope it'll be cute!