The second week of Advent reminds me of the rejoicing of the plant kingdom as we progress ever nearer to the Nativity. I love the short, little stories in the “Light in the Lantern” book for this week. Here are a few more of our favorites this week, focused on the upcoming St. Lucia Day on the 13th, and plants and flowers:
7- Little Tree by ee cummings, story and pictures by Chris Rashka. My father loved ee cummings, so this little book has special meaning to me.
8- Christmas Farm by Mary Lynn Ray
9- Night Tree by Eve Bunting
10- Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry
11- A Christmas Tree for Pyn by Olivier Dunrea
12- The Star Tree by Gisela Colle
13- Grandfather’s Christmas Camp by Marc McCutheon
These are a few of the things we love for this week:
- Creating little moss gardens with floating walnut boats can be wonderful for children under the age of 9, although older children may (secretly) like it as well. You can use a small tin tub, or a small pottery bowl – fill it with soil and moss and add little treasures throughout the week. Save a walnut shell with wool for Christmas Day in which to place a little beeswax baby Jesus.
- This would be a wonderful week to have an Advent Spiral. I doubt we will get to do one this year, but we have done this for many years and it was always beautiful and reverent.
- Singing! Many churches have caroling this week, or services of “Lessons and Carols” – Scripture reading and singing.
- Making small gifts – candle dipping, candle rolling or other little gifts can be lovely. We will be making some things this week.
- Finding beautiful verses, poetry, Scripture to capture the essence of this Season.
- Planting sweet little indoor bulbs
- Spending time in the woods, the meadows, the farm. Enjoying the solitude.
- Are there any Swedish groups in your area holding special events for St. Lucia? Could be worth it to check in your community!
- Some wait until the last minute to get a Christmas tree; we usually do although last year I have to say the ones in the size we usually get at our local Christmas tree farm were all gone – so this could be a week to think about a tree if you don’t mind having one during the second week of Advent.
Please share the wonders of your week.
Blessings and joy,