This has been a very special day! As I write to you, I have beautiful bronze lilies to enjoy. Patrick got them for me to celebrate the opening of my web site. Joy! I placed them in an old blue bottle. I will take a photo and post it, so you can see them also.
Today, being the first day of Dec. I introduced “Count Down to Christmas”. I shared my Idea of using the tags for keys, printed out numbers and old Christmas stamps to make an Advent Calendar. I encourage you to look around your home to see what you might have that could be used. Old greeting card cut-outs, stickers or snippets from wrapping pager could be used for the picture side. Cardboard circles with a hole punched in the top could be used instead of my key label tags and simply write the number on the side opposite from the picture. If you have children, it would be fun to search for a small tree branch to use. They can help gather pebbles to steady the container. If you use an old jar, they could decorate a label you tape around the jar. Have fun!
Advent is taken from the Latin word ad-vent meaning the arrival of a notable person, thing or event. Advent is the first season of the Christian year leading up to Christmas and includes the four preceding Sundays.
The Advent wreath is a circle of four candles. One candle is lit each Sunday. On Christmas Day all four candles are lit. I have a tradition of placing the empty manger in the center of the circle. When we light a candle, we sing a carol and say a prayer or read from the Bible. We place the Baby Jesus in the manger on Christmas Eve.
You can make your own Advent wreath and begin you own family tradition. Mr. Pat thought of letting the children in your life participate by making the manger. His idea was to use play dough. I will post the recipe to make play dough. I encourage you to create your own Baby Jesus.
For more ideas on family participation in Advent www.gatherandgrow.com has a simple post that gives a Bible reading, a scripture verse and a memory thought. I love the first thought. “God loved you before you were born.”
The adventure begins, “In the manger of our hearts, Christmas starts.”
Cooked Play Dough
1 cup of flour
½ cup of salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 cup of water
1 Tblsp of vegetable oil
*food coloring and extract if desired
Combine flour, salt and cream of tartar in a saucepan.
Mix liquids and gradually stir them into the dry ingredients.
When mixture is smooth, cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until a ball forms.
Be careful, it’s HOT!
Remove from heat when cool enough to handle safely.
Kneed until smooth.
I made this with orange extract and orange food coloring for Fall.
Peppermint extract might be fun for Christmas. Joy!
(Store leftover play dough in a covered container in the fridge.)