I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving day and that you are still basking in turkey leftovers. We are slated to have turkey panini’s tonight a la my daughter Rachel. We are celebrating the twins’ first bday today! We even got up at 4:45 a.m. and went to some of the early-bird sales (first time ever) and felt like we participated in the great national shopping event. Amazing!
But now that we are just a couple of days away from the first Sunday of Advent, I thought I could safely share a few of our celebratory traditions. Since we have a Sabbath dinner on Saturday night, we will be kicking off Advent tomorrow. After dinner each week I have a little Advent gift for the grandchildren. So tomorrow night they will get their Christmas jammies. I want them to enjoy them for the whole month of December, so that’s why they are the first Advent gift.Â I also give each family an Advent calendar, the kind you can buy at Hallmark that have little doors that open with a Scripture verse under each one telling the Christmas story.
The second week I will give them each an ornament because by that time they are probably getting their trees up, so they can take them home and hang them on the tree. The third week will be the gingerbread house kit. Last year we had a marathon gingerbread house decorating extravaganza! It was actually quite a lot of fun and with a close supervision, they all did just great. I’m pretty sure I passed out after decorating last year, but as you can see, I revived,Â and now I will do it all again! This year I will get one house for each family, and the kids can help decorate one together (not one for each child). That way I think I will have a higher survival rate. Then the last week each child will get a book.
We enjoy spreading the gifts out through the month, and it gives the children such a lot of cousin fun, particularly when they all pile into their jammies! The individual families sometimes have daily Advent treats (candy or outings or small gifts) but I stick with one-a-week at my house.
The Sabbath dinner fare is on the lighter side during the month. Since we just had our Thanksgiving feast, I think tomorrow will be a salad and homemade pizza (with help from my pizza expert girls) and next week might be something like cheese and potato soup.Â We will build a fire in the fireplace and enjoy the northern Idaho winter ambiance: could be rain, hail, sleet, slush, or snow. But it’s Christmas inside!