I apologize for taking so long to get this year’s Advent labels created and uploaded to share! Our college kids were able to make the trip home for Thanksgiving and I didn’t want to spend time blogging while they were here… The visit flew by, but at least they’ll be home again in 3 1/2 weeks for Christmas break! If you could please pray for their safe travels today. Thankfully the weather is much better than it was last Tuesday
and hopefully the Save-a-Deer Whistles
Sean added to the front of the minivan will keep the deer (and elk, moose, etc) from jumping out into the road
too… I’ll be praying to their guardian angels all day!
Anyway… back to Advent!
The length of Advent always varies from 22-28 days, beginning with the Sunday nearest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30th) and embracing four Sundays. The first day of Advent can fall as early as November 27th or as late as December 3rd. This year Advent begins on Sunday, November 28th.
Every Advent our family counts down the days until Christmas with picture books, Advent Calendars, and the Jesse Tree. Years ago, when we didn’t have enough Christmas themed picture books to wrap one for each day of Advent, I would check some Christmas books out from the library just before Advent began, using Christmas Mosaic as a guide. We have added many books to our home library since then, giving one Christmas themed book to each of our children on the feast of St. Nicholas, and our collection has definitely grown. (You can find this year’s St. Nick books here!)
I’m running behind this year so I had some of our children help pick out this year’s books, with their youngest siblings in mind. Now I need to go and get them all wrapped while the babies nap!
Here’s what’s getting wrapped up for this year:
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Advent Book Basket
November 28 – 1st Sunday of Advent: Saved by the Lamb
– set up Advent Calendars and Jesse Tree
December 19 – 4th Sunday of Advent – O Radix Jesse: Gingerbread Pirates (The birthday boy has asked for a “pirate” theme this year… I’m going to order this book to wrap and slip in to the basket, unless anyone has a better suggestion?)
Many years ago now (six or seven?) I switched to brown paper along with purple and pink ribbon, instead of the original purple and pink wrapping paper I would use years ago… Sometimes I use brown paper bags and sometimes I pick up a roll of brown craft paper from the craft store to use along with the ribbons I reuse every year and our homemade labels!
As always, we’ll unwrap and read one book each night during Advent, following our family rosary. The rest of our book collection will be placed in additional baskets to read during the seasons of Advent and Christmas.
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For additional Christmas book suggestions you can find some of our lists in the archives: