Photos from the first week of Advent. A tree hunt at several local roadside stands ended with a car full of disappointed children and no tree–they were twice as expensive as our little favorite tree farm! So the next day we made a special trip back out to “our” farm, even though it was a bit of a drive, and cut our own tree as we’ve done for many years now. It’s way more fun, anyway. I guess I stupidly assumed roadside tree stands would be cheaper. Anyway, the children were so happy to bring that tree in the house and make room for it.
We’re trying to do one special thing each day of Advent, whether it’s something as small as pulling out one more Christmas decoration, or something a little more time-consuming like dehydrating orange slices to sew into a little garland, or an act of charity/kindness to a neighbor. On December 6th, St. Nicholas Feast day, we watched a little educational movie about St. Nicholas and colored pictures, and the children had set out their boots by the door the night before and woke up to find their new pair of knitted mittens. Phoebe and I worked on finishing up her first semester of school, both of us feeling weary and needing a winter break.