Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Advent in the Home, Week One.



With Thanksgiving now a fond memory, we are ready to begin the Advent season....

Week One

 The first light of Advent is the light of stone–.
Stones that live in crystals, seashells, and bones.


It seems as though we will have two different Advent "wreaths" this year in our home...
Sounds complicated? I am attempting to honor each playschool family by respecting our various backgrounds and beliefs...but yet we are all in the darkness of Winter searching for Light.


Our playschool "wreath" will celebrate the mineral, plant, animal, and human kingdoms; this will be our focus during playschool. The children will be able to light each candle and touch the objects within the wooden circle...


An Advent "ladder" hung from the ceiling will also help us count down the days...
 


Ack! The photos are really horrible; sorry! The ladder is hung directly in front of a very bright window. It is very hard to capture in a way that does this piece honor! 
I created the ladder from pieces of felt glued together to make a long and narrow strip.
I glued the appropriate number of felt stars onto the strip and hung it from a tall window. 
The "end" of the ladder falls onto our radiator where the Christmas candle is placed...



A fairy created from wool roving will be moved down the ladder each day...

We celebrated the first day of Advent at church this weekend by creating Advent wreaths together..
What a fantastic and dynamic group of children we have!
I am so honored and glad to be a part of this parish; especially during these special weeks together:)

Our "second" Advent wreath  was created to honor these next weeks as quiet preparation...
We rolled navy blue and a rose colored beeswax candles this morning during the parent/child group I lead at church. (What an awesome job, right? I'm very lucky!)
I am really looking forward to the next few weeks and all of the joy they will surely bring...
Our town of Bethlehem, the Christmas City, is totally buzzing and looks incredibly beautiful...


...Thank you all for the birthday wishes...
Here is true proof that it was a night to remember...


...I literally danced my favorite shoes off.
Ohhh....that pavement felt *very* cold on the way home..


7 comments:

  1. Oh i have posted about a pair of shoes that looked like that recently.... except mine was eaten by our bunny!

    What a lovely Advent ladder. a great idea and beautiful! We to lit our first Advent candle this weekend and this week we are gathering interesting stones that we find to place around it!

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  2. Fantastic! I love a night where I dance my shoes off. I would have done that on Sunday evening if I wasn't bare foot.

    Joyous advent to you, and a very peaceful season beautiful mama!

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  3. ah! that's great! your town does look magical. i love the advent countdown you made.

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  4. Oh I love love your advent ladder! That is fantastic :) Happy belated birthday and you definitely danced those shoes off *grin*.

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  5. I love the simplicity of placing the stones and shells inside the wooden ring. My youngest has her birthday in december so we have our ring out, this would be a beautiful way to celebrate both with the one ring- thank you.

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  6. The Advent Ladder is just lovely, I might just "borrow" your idea if I may and have a go at making a paper version.

    If I manage to do it, will leave a link to you on my blog.

    Advent Blessings

    San

    PS Love the picture of the broken party shoe!

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  7. I love the Advent Ladder. I am looking to make a new one for next year. Great idea!

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