Saturday, November 23, 2013

Advent Plans {2013}

Advent is one of my favorite times of year. For me the waiting for Christmas is peaceful. We don't take part in a lot of extra activities outside the home and we keep it simple here at home. I like to wait in peace. This year I will be waiting to do some activities until Christmas. They are Christmas activities anyway and I don't know why I felt they had to be done during Advent.

I completely change our school routine during Advent and I will have a post next week with all those details. 
We will be doing a Jesse Tree and devotionals. I bought Holy Hereos Jesse Tree DVD. I'm still not decided if we will do this during school time or at dinner time and most likely it will depend on the day.

I'm embarrassed to say that we have never had an Advent Wreath because I always put off buying one. I had one given to me one year, but I got it out on the first Sunday and realized it didn't have any candles. That took me two years to recover from and I final bought a new one and candles this year. Unless all the matches disappear between now and the first Sunday of Advent, we are good to go!

To me, waiting means reading, so the book baskets are full and my Amazon wishlist is still calling my name. There will be lots of reading going on in this house during Advent! My post on our school plans will have some books in it.

We will be celebrating as many feast days as we can. We will do it with reading and maybe some activities, but mostly reading. I'm sure there will be post in the future on those.

Be sure to check out the Living Liturgy at Everyday Snapshots! There is a link up with everyone's plans for Advent.

Also, be sure to check out Sarah's post at Amongst Lovely Things because she has a wonderful way with words and says everything I wish I could say about planning for Advent. Enjoy!

I'll be sharing our Christmas plans in a couple of weeks. Tell me what are your favorite Advent Traditions and are you starting anything new this year?


  1. I didn't realize that Holy Heroes made a Jesse Tree DVD. Will have to check that out! Waiting means reading to me too. :) I'm happy to have found your blog! Thank you for the kind words. :)

    1. Thanks Sarah! Since the Jesse Tree is new to us this year, the DVD looked like it would cover it all with little work on my end. This seemed perfect for our first year. If it goes well this year, perhaps we will expand on it next year.

    2. We have used the HH Jesse Tree DVD in the past and it is good. Having said that, JT can make me feel a bit down on myself at times. We usually do well for a couple of weeks and then get hopelessly behind. My kids did like coloring the ornaments and watching the videos though.

      Cassie - I giggled at your Advent wreath troubles -- but only because I can SOOOO relate.

    3. I worried too about getting behind, but I'm hoping if that happens I won't stress and just move on with it. I'm glad I'm not alone in wreath troubles!

  2. Cassie,

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and reading my Advent post. It's great to share ideas. I agree with you about reading. Waiting and reading... yes! I have some books waiting. I want to follow up some books and links Pam mentioned in her post. I have a couple f books I'm still waiting to arrive from the Book Depository!

    I hope you enjoy your new tradition of the Advent wreath. I'm sure you will!


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