The First Week of Advent

Last Sunday started the Advent season at our house.  We try to have a short Advent devotional each night and light the candle on our Advent wreath.  The first candle is the candle of Hope.  Molly has been working on memorizing Isaiah 9:6 and Jane Anne has been reading Psalm 31:21-24.  

We also have our advent calendar, and each day the girls pull a card with an activity on it.  We’re loosely following the Advent of Books we did last year.  Sunday, to start the calendar, the girls unwrapped a new (to us) copy of When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke, and we’ve been reading from that each night.  Monday they read If You Take a Mouse to the Movies and had popcorn after school, Tuesday we went to the Christmas parade — see my cute little elf below.  Wednesday, we read Stranger in the Woods and made peanut butter pine cone treats for the birds.  Thursday, we read Redheaded Robbie’s Christmas Story and they chose a toy to give away.  Friday, we read Who’s Knocking on Christmas Eve (our new Christmas book last year) and made a Christmas card for a friend. Saturday we went to Starbucks after their dance rehearsal.

I love counting down at this time of year!  What fun things are part of your traditions?  What are your favorite Christmas books?



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