How about a little Advent home tour? We’ve kept things pretty darn simple this year because I’m still not feeling 100%.
I managed to get all my Christmas shopping done before Advent this year, which was amazing. First time accomplishing that….ever.
First things first, we bought ourselves a fake Christmas tree. I was sick of dealing with the pine needles for months afterwards and the cost each year was adding up.
I snagged a Black Friday deal and got ourselves this one , I opted for the unlit so we can change out strands of lights down the road.
I originally ordered the narrow one, got it up and fluffed and decided it was too small for the space and exchanged it. That process was super smooth and I can’t recommend Balsam Hill enough.
Because we ordered a new tree, we decided to put it up early so we knew if we liked it or not. And if you put up the tree, the kids are going to want to put ornaments on it….soooo we did that too.
We’re still doing the Jesse Tree book I wrote about a few years ago. I’m so glad I made the ornaments that year because it’s made it so much easier since then. They turned out so cute and the kids love the little readings and activities each day.
This year since the tree is already up, we’re just adding them to our regular Christmas ornaments on the tree.
Can you believe Advent is almost over? It doesn’t feel like it till I look at how many ornaments we have left.
Saint Nicholas Day
The kids each got a book, which I’ll mention in the next point and a few chocolate coins and fruit snacks.
We decided to open our family gifts on Saint Nicholas day under our own Christmas tree since we travel so much for the holidays.
Christmas and Advent Books
My goal is to give each kid a book from these lists on Saint Nicholas Day each year and build up our collection so I can just pull out the box of books instead of doing a mass hold party at the library.
Each night the kids pick out one or two to read for bedtime. I’ve got a few for certain feast days, but other than that they can pick whatever they want.
We’ve got a whole village of Fontanini nativity figures but we kept it simple this year. Baby Jesus hangs out in the loft till Christmas and then he gets to hang in the manger.
And the wise men are currently traveling in the kitchen and will show up on Epiphany.
My soul needed a little refocusing this year after my super rough first trimester, so I’m doing the Rooted in Hope Advent Journal. I’ll write about it more in another post, but I’ve been really enjoying it each morning while the kids eat their breakfast.
It’s been the perfect re centering and reminder that suffering has a purpose.
Oh and we have a super simple advent wreath that I forgot to take a picture of. We just say Grace with the candles lit though, no special prayers or songs.
And there you have our super low key but beautiful Advent traditions.
What does your family do? Do you keep it super simple?