November 19, 2016



Lauantai. Saturday.

Just because some people can get their acts together by November 15th, and have their Christmas books out, and a pantry filled with fasting foods, and a wreath on the door, and their Christmas shopping done.... (Ha, who is that person?!)

(I'm not sure we should even try to live in that magical world.)

My son and I made an Advent wreath today. We washed out the glass candle holders. We gathered greens from the yard (bay leaves, succulents, and nandina berries). And then simply placed all the materials onto a large round plate. Every year we use different materials to create the wreath.

And we've also made a short list of some things we can do to give during this season of almsgiving. Here are our meager thoughts, and we would love to hear yours!

  • Make dinner together for the family (since my husband cooks most nights) 
  • Share homemade bread with a friend
  • Walk someone's dog
  • Do something nice for ... (brother)
  • Surprise the dog with a cucumber treat
  • Go through the closet and give away things that aren't being used
  • Tell someone you love them 
  • Make necessity bags for the folks living on the streets
  • Meet someone new and call them by their name
  • Make a point to say hi to all the neighbors
  • At the coffee shop (where we go a lot to do school!) buy someone a drink
  • Give extra money to the church
  • Take time to see a person we know in a play, or school show

That's our list for now. We'd love to add to it if you want to share.

Happy Lauantai!







Published: November 19, 2016 | Filed under: Me

Comments (2)
Elizabeth said:
November 19, 2016 @ 3:38 PM

what a beautiful wreath!!! God bless you all!!!

Jennifer said:
November 21, 2016 @ 6:59 AM

Hi Jane! I am a convert and I'd love to celebrate advent but I'm not quite sure how to go about "converting" our old advent wreath and traditions into an Orthodox tradition/style. Any chance you'd be willing to share some thoughts?

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