Planting seeds to honor Jesus as the Seed.
Orange Cake in recognition that in times past, oranges were a rare seasonal luxury and part and parcel to the holiday season.
Stick stars to honor Jesus the Star.
Painting candles, since Jesus is the light that shines through all darkness.
On week four, we were supposed to celebrate Jesus as the Scepter, but I didn't think that having the kids walk around the house with big sticks was a good idea, both for their own safety and for that of my vintage dishes on display in the kitchen. So instead we decided to celebrate Jesus as King.
Royal crowns, royal robes, and royal attitudes.
The last Advent craft project was cinnamon dough ornaments.
A week before Christmas I took Luther to see The Nutcracker Ballet. But first, we stopped by The Thinking Cup for a cup of hot chocolate (reg for him, their French version for me), and a cheesecake to split.
He did so very well, despite the very late hour, getting restless only in the last 15 minutes. Afterwards, I let him pick out a toy at the gift booth, and he choose a beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy doll. Even today, he snuggles with SPF and often references her ("Mama, your dress looks just like Sugar Plum Fairy's!") and our night out on the town.
The church kids put on a Christmas pageant. Luther was a donkey, Sinclair a sheep, and Piercen a shepherd.
Sugar Plum Fairy played the part of donkey's companion.
Sinclair was the littlest participant.
On Christmas Eve, we put out the traditional cookies and milk for Santa with water and carrots for the reindeer.
Sinclair couldn't understand why she couldn't have cookies placed within her reach.
My parents arrived a few days before Christmas from Tennessee, and they brought with them their yellow lab, Sailor, the World's Best Dog and all around good soul.
My poor mom got super sick Christmas Day, and she and Dad had to go back to the hotel where they were staying before we got to Christmas dinner. But my younger sister, who was also visiting from Tennessee, stayed with us and helped me prep. We had two other families over for the holiday meal and it was such a joy to host them. The next day, Mom was feeling better, so she played with the kids while the rest of us fulfilled one of Dad's dreams of going to Legal Seafood for lunch. It didn't disappoint. We are very lucky to be able to have family over, and I am so appreciative of the time and effort they took into coming. This entire Advent and Christmas season was filled with celebratory joy and love, and ranks up there in my favorite Christmases.