The first light of advent
It is the light of stones
The light that lives in crystals
seashells and bones.
Advent crept up on
We lit the first candle to celebrate, spoke the verse and each put a little rock or crystal in the dish. Son #1 put on a small display of teenage coolness, but the Advent Fairy shot him a look and he managed to participate in good humour for the benefit of his younger brothers.
Tomorrow we will dig out the Advent Calendar and hang some angels on the mantlepiece. The children always start nagging to put up the tree some time in November, but a few years ago we made the rule that they have to wait until 1st December. The basket of Christmas books will be brought out (although the other day I went into the lounge room and found the younger two sneakily reading Raymond Briggs' volumes on Father Christmas. They looked suitably guilty, but what parent would chastise their children from reading?) and I get to drag out the Christmas carols cds, hooray! (Mr Soup rolls his eyes whenever I put them on the stereo).
Each year at this time, I get lots of visitors to my blog via Google - people looking for ways to celebrate Advent. This is what we do in our family - it's a nice way to enjoy the season and anticipate Christmas without the emphasis on constant daily gifts and treats. Or chocolate. If you're interested, my 2005, 2006 and 2007 posts regarding Advent, including the verses for each of the four Sundays, can be found ...
First Sunday of Advent here, here and here.
Second Sunday of Advent here [ the one in which Son #1 learnt the truth about Saint Nick, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny in one traumatic week], here and over here.
Third: this one, this one and that one.
Fourth Sunday - here [the one where I explained where the verses came from and no I didn't make them up] and there [no fourth post in 2006 apparently].
I hope that helps. Happy first Sunday of Advent, everyone!