Advent is coming. Keep it simple! UPDATED

Tohu wa-bohu.

I know, I know, you're focused on Thanksgiving right now.  Just bookmark this for next week. Advent is coming!  I always feel a little silly saying that, because the word "advent" actually means "coming."  But that's how life is when you're In Charge of Stuff:  you even have to plan about planning ahead.  So, if you haven't looked it up yet, the first Sunday in Advent is Nov. 30, which is . . . soon. We do try to put off celebrating Christmas until it's actually almost Christmas.  I claim this … [Read more...]

At the Register: Advent for Adults

Advent and Christmas aren't meant to be only for children.  Here are some ways adults can participate in the season of preparation. … [Read more...]

Advent chains – a very easy Advent activity!

paper chain

My sister Abby Tardiff is once again providing a template for advent chains.  1.  Go to this link on Dropbox and print out all six pages.  Cut along the lines so you have strips.2.  If you want to be fancy, you can paste the strips to colored paper -- purple for the first, second, and fourth weeks, and pink for the third.  If you don't want to get fancy, just use them as is, or let the kids color the pictures in.  Make a paper chain and hang it in a prominent place.3.  Each day of Adv … [Read more...]

Our Black Friday tradition

shopping mob

Hey, I don't think it's immoral to shop on the day after Thanksgiving, or even on Thanksgiving itself.  It's depressing that so many people do it, but Thanksgiving is a secular holiday, so.  (Yes, I know that the first Thanksgiving feasts in the New World were to thank God. I just mean that it's not a feast day or a holy day.)  Buying a nice present for someone you care about doesn't mean you're some kind of hardened consumerist swine.  Some people don't have lovely family or happy associations w … [Read more...]


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