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November absolutely flew by this year. Time just seems to whiz by these days. We spent Thanksgiving with my mother and father-in-law and had a really lovely day and visit. November was also a great month for the blog – it was the best month for traffic by far, so thank you for being here and thank you for reading!
While I can’t believe it’s almost December, I am very much looking forward to Advent. I love Christmas and Advent. When I was growing up, my family always had evening prayers around the Advent wreath. My parents would turn out all the lights and we’d sit in the candlelight and say our nighttime prayers and end by singing a verse or two of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” It was simple, but full of magic and anticipation. I remember listening to a homily in which the priest said that if Christmas didn’t have a magical feeling, it was probably due to a lack of preparation during Advent. Ever since then I’ve tried to put the effort into prayer during Advent (there’s been a lot of failure despite the effort and intentions, I can assure you).
So because it’s almost upon us and it’s what I’ve been thinking about lately, I wanted to devote this monthly edit to Advent.
And if you want a little direction for your prayer this Advent, I’d recommend the Magnificat Advent Companion. It can be tricky to track down, but you can order it from the Magnificat website or get a digital copy from Amazon. It has a meditation on each day’s Gospel reading, a variety of blessings, an Advent penance service, poetry, and Advent stations. To find out more, see Magnificat’s website .
My last pick for the month is this nativity set. I tried to find a “removable baby Jesus” set because my parents had one growing up and putting the baby Jesus in the manger was one of my favorite parts of Christmas. It turns out it’s very hard to find a nice nativity set even if you aren’t worried about baby Jesus being stuck in the manger.
What do you like to do to prepare for Christmas? Do you have traditions or activities you like to do with your children? I’d love to hear about it! And if you’re in need of gift inspiration, I have a gift guide for women and a gift guide for men for you!