I’ve been having to “take it easy” lately, due to lots of contractions and a positive fetal fibronectin test (which isn’t really very accurate when it is positive, and doesn’t mean I will go into labor in the next couple weeks, I just don’t have the reassurance that I won’t…). So, as you have probably already noticed, it has finally allowed me to spend a little time considering this coming Advent and Christmas. I’ve been having so much fun deciding on a few new things to purchase (with the help of a surprise Amazon gift card!!) for this year, and I thought I’d take a moment to share a few of my finds with you all.
Have you seen the new Saint Nicholas and Christmas Angel Playmobil toys? My boys absolutely love all things Playmobil and I can’t wait to surprise them with this little set on the feast of St. Nicholas!
Last year our children had so much fun putting together the Our Lady of Guadalupe Puzzle during Advent, that I decided to purchase another puzzle for this year. I ran across some beautiful options, including No Room at The Inn, White Mountain Puzzles O Night Divine, Ravensburger Two Angels, and this absolutely gorgeous Holy Infant Window Puzzle. I ended up deciding on this Nativity in the Woods 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle though… For some reason, it just seemed perfect for our family! (Here is a similar Stained Glass Window Jigsaw Puzzle.)
In the past it has always been so hard to find Nativity themed Stockings for our boys. (The girls all have Angel Stockings, which seem to be a little easier to find, though not much!) This year we ran across two favorites and ended up deciding on the beautiful Kurt Adler 19-Inch Canvas “Joy to the World” Christmas Stocking, in case this new little guy decides to arrive in time for Christmas.
In addition to the our very first and favorite Advent Calendar, I have always wanted to add a Fabric/Banner Version as well, to go along with our Jesse Tree, but have never had the opportunity to create one. This year I was surprised to run across so many options including: Alma’s Design Nativity Advent Calendar, Nativity Fabric Advent Calendar by Vermont Christmas Company, Nativity Advent Calendar by Pockets of Learning, and the Little People Nativity Advent Calendar. I ultimately decided on the Nativity Fabric Advent Calendar by Kubla Crafts. Which one is your favorite?