Updated: Dec 23, 2019
I told you in my Advent Plan that I would keep you apprised of how well it was working. Consider this your first update, in the form of a checklist of everything I got done—and what I didn't.
Done: I got my Advent/Christmas China out.
We have a custom of using our china on Sundays as one way to make the day special (you can read about some other things we do here). We also happen to have inherited a lovely china set that is festive without being "Christmas-y", so it's perfect for both Advent and Christmas.
Not done: We did not use the Advent/Christmas China.
Once I got it out, I realized it was all hand-wash (okay, so our regular "china" is actually porcelain, and thus dishwasher safe). Since we had just gotten back from out of town and things were kind of crazy, I put off actually using it. Oh well...
Done: I made my Advent wreath and garland.
I make all of my greenery from the Cedar tree in our pasture. I love that it's 1) free and 2) smells wonderful! I also like the wild, natural look it has to it. Pater also made these candles for the Advent wreath last year, so it's fun having everything home made. If anyone is interested about how we made the greenery or candles, reply in the comments, and we might make it a separate post!
Not done: I did not finish my wreath for the door.
Technically I did make this, but it was so windy today that my pink and purple ribbons needed to be redone, and I just didn't get to it.
Done: I switched my CDs from Adoration to Advent.
I talked about this in our last BiWeekly (you can view it here if you missed it), but we get our CDs from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles (view them here), and they are absolutely fantastic!
Not done: I did not put the Advent CD in the car in time for Mass today.
Done: I set out our Nativity sets and stockings.
This is one of my favorite things to do this time of year! Of course, baby Jesus gets hidden until Christmas, and the stockings are set out in anticipation of some goodies that will appear on the feast of St. Nicholas.
Done: I switched my fall table arrangement to my Advent one.
My secret is simple: change the orange bow to a pink and purple one, and change the statue of the Blessed Virgin holding the Infant Christ to one of just the Blessed Virgin until Christmas. I'll try and get a picture of it if anyone is interested (just reply in the comments).
Done: We started the St. Andrew's novena today, adding it to the end of our family rosary.
Not done: We did not (as you might notice) start it yesterday, on St. Andrew's feast day, as is custom.
Yes, I managed to email all of you about it in the BiWeekly, but totally forgot myself. Ack.
Done: Chose our fasting and mortifications for Advent and Lent, both family and personal.
I want to point out in particular that a group of exorcists are asking for the laity to join them for a day of fasting (among other things) on December 6. You can read more about that here.
And that's it! I feel pretty good about the start to Advent. Let me know what all you've done to prepare in the comments! I love hearing from you.