Advent begins on Sunday, and there are many mindful things to do during this season as we prepare for light, love, and blessings as we move into Christmastide.
First of all, I love Advent calendars. You can make beautiful ones with scenes, like the one from the book, “All Year Round,” that The Quince Tree 65 did so beautifully here. You could also order a lovely Advent Calendar; we have had this spiral one from Bella Luna Toys for years. This year, we will also be following the Advent calendar “Journeying The Way of Love,” from The Episcopal Church, our religious denomination, that can be found here
Next, I like to think about mapping out a few things for our Advent simply because there are amazing things to do! We used to always attend or host an Advent Spiral but we haven’t done that in quite some time due to our older children becoming teenagers and having a rather dwindled community of Waldorf friends. But, the spiral walks are always beautiful and reverent!
This is sort of my outline for Advent/Advent activities:
(We already went to see holiday lights at our local botanical gardens right after Thanksgiving because I wanted to do it before anyone got sick during Advent – lesson learned from previous years! The tickets are a little pricey and cannot be wasted!)
We ordered some ideas from The Imagination Tree regarding the Kindness Elves. I don’t know when they will arrive, but I know our little third grader is going to love this idea!
December 1 and 2 – Horse shows (is that an Advent activity? LOL); the little one and I will make beeswax ornaments to give out as gifts; set up our Advent wreath that we made the weekend after Thanksgiving in accordance with the mineral kingdom; attend church
December 3 and 4 – Will make Advent window transparency. My oldest daughter, myself, and my sister-in-law are attending an AMAZING art exhibit on the 4th, so check out IG for photos. ❤
December 5 and 6 – get ready for and celebrate St. Nicholas Day!
December 8 and 9 – Get our Christmas tree and decorate; Second Sunday in Advent ; set up our wreath by adding things to represent the plant kingdom; attend church; attend the Lifeways December Visioning Free Online Mini Retreat; the night of the 9th see The Nutcracker!
December 10 and 11 -Make some beautiful Mistletoe Luminaries for our home – see this Pinterest board; make applesauce/cinnamon ornaments
December 12-14 – prepare for and celebrate Santa Lucia Day and a family birthday. Also a choir recital. School ends on the 14th.
December 15-16- Horse show weekend; third week in Advent; prepare our Advent wreath with things representing the animal kingdom; attend church and lessons and carols
(The Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday following the Third Sunday in Advent are special times of fasting and prayer, mainly for our priests and the church, called the Advent Ember Days in the Anglican Communion).
December 17 and 18 -Christmas Baking- I have some special ninjabread man cookie cutters for our littlest; drive around at night and look at lights; hot chocolate
December 19 and 20 – Christmas wrapping; Ice Skating; make any last minute gifts
December 21- Winter Solstice Celebration; Make Sun Bread, make treats for the birds
December 22-23 – the fourth week in Advent; set up our Advent Wreath with things that represent the unity of humanity; attend church; prepare food for Christmas Eve and make treats for the horses and dogs
December 24 – Deliver treats to horses in the morning; Prepare food for Christmas Eve, children sing at Christmas Eve Mass
December 25- Celebrate the first day of Christmas with family
Blessings and love,
Love all if this! And, yes, I’m certain horse shows are verified Advent activities ☺🐴