{first sunday of advent} our family advent and new traditions

Sunday, November 27, 2016

“Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.”
Isaiah 2:1-5 (full reading)

Yesterday evening we headed to Mass to celebrate the 1st Sunday of Advent. Both boys were serving and it seemed so special to me to see them both up there of this special Sunday. I look forward to many years of watching them serve the Lord together. Father Will also gave them a special blessing as this week is the feast day of the patron Saint of Alter Servers, Saint Jean Berchmans. After Mass they were given these beautiful prayer cards.

I always remind my boys that even though it might not seem like a lot serving at Masses it really is. I look around at all the boys in mass that could be serving but are choosing not to for whatever reason. I am always proud of my boys for being brave and trying something new.

This will be our second Advent to celebrate at home. Last year I made an Advent wreath for our dining table but as I was pulling out our decorations this year I couldn't find it. I do remember thinking last year that it was way too big for our table and I honestly think I donated it to Goodwill so that I would have to buy a new one this year. Rather tricky of me, huh?! 😉 So I ordered a new one from Amazon and picked up some pine twigs from Michael's and I just love it.

It's really beautiful and fits the table perfectly. Good move me 😊 

Another tradition I've wanted to do is the Jesse Tree. This will be our first year and I'm super excited about it.

I picked up the tree and tree skirt yesterday from Target (on sale) and ordered the book from Amazon. I'm really looking forward to starting this tradition with the kids. I've been wanting to do this for awhile but never got around to getting it started before Advent and then it just felt too late (perfection personality probs). This year we put out all our Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving while the kids were on break. It was really nice doing a little here and there and I feel like it gave me so much more time to get what we needed to be completely ready to start celebrating Advent and not worrying about putting things up or what we still needed to get.

A personal way that I am going to celebrate and really dive into Advent is with the beautiful journal from Blessed is She.

This journal is absolutely gorgeous and I am so looking forward to spending time with it each morning. 

I am hoping that this Advent has more meaning for our family then ever before. We will be volunteering as a family in different ways, cleaning out things we don't need anymore and donating them, buying food for the food bank, buying gifts for children who need them and praying and reading scripture daily. 

And I must leave you with this silly pic of the kids 😉 

Happy Sunday!

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