Friday, December 3, 2010

FAVE Five ~ HOPE

It's time for FAVE Five's
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This week I would love to share with you,
how we celebrate Advent.

The candlebra is the first Christmas decoration,
to be carefully taken out of it's packaging and
to be placed in the window on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day.

On Saturday, just before Advent,
the oldest has been invited to assist his Opa,
with putting up the lights, creating his own pattern,
meanwhile I'm baking up a storm inside,
mostly Pfeffernusse and Gingersnaps.
Halfway through the job...the little fellow comes inside.
"Hm...I smell something....I think I should bring Opa some cookies."
Knowing full well, that he was the one who wanted cookies.

On Sunday the family is invited for Advents supper at 4:30 pm.
The table is set, with a few simple things...
mandarin oranges, and their favorite Christmas cookies.
This oldest grand reads the traditional meaning of Advent.
He then lights the first Candle.
The Hope that we have in Jesus Christ,
thus being call the candle of HOPE!

This year I revived an old tradition.
My children remembered this very clearly.
I had made this Advent calendar thirty years ago...
Each morning they took turns opening a small gift.
So this year...I brought it back to life.
And you should of seen the smiles on the adult faces.
Here, my oldest son shows his two little boys...
the process of choosing a small gift.
Yes, the top last three gifts will be for Mikki
as she too, can't wait for her turn.

It's the time of year, where we can set aside the
time and space for inner preparation,
time to read, listen, time to pray, time to ponder.
It's the time of year to rearrange our obligations to make
sure there's room for prayer and reflection in the midst of busyness.

May you all take time to prepare room for Him.


17 comments:

  1. Beautiful pics Marg. Such a Christmas Spirit shows up in them! I really like the candle holder for Advent. I've never come across them anywhere. Dairymary

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  2. Meaningful traditions! Glad you keep them alive. I have our memories to cherish as well and know that these traditions are carried on in the homes of our children. Beautiful photos!

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  3. So beautiful Marg. Love your timeless traditions!

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  4. I love to see everyone's Christmas traditions!

    I remember the kids had an advent calendar where they got to get a small sucker each day. Once I have some grands, I'm going to dig that out each year.

    I love your advent candleholder - very unique.

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  5. Thank you fro the reminder today to take the time to make room for Christ. My heart can be such a busy inn.

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  6. I love this! I LOVE that you pulled out their old advent calendar. That would make ME feel awfully special as well.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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  7. Hi!
    This is an awesome post of the holidays. Love all your pictures. Thanks for the journey. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Food for Thought

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  8. I love your pictures, the candelabra in the window is very nice.

    Did the cookies make it to Opa?
    I love gingersnaps and at this time of year the aroma is just right.

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  9. This is a fun time of year with many opportunities to be with friends and family! Have a great week!

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  10. It looks like you are really in the christmas spirit. I hope you have a lovely holiday season.

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  11. We all need to be reminded to make room for Jesus at this time of year.

    Your advent celebrations will be meaningful memories for your grands.

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  12. you dont even know HOW excited i am for those top 3, i was reading your blog and got jealous at first, then i saw my name:)

    so excited to be part of family christmas this year!

    see ya soon.

    xoxo.

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  13. Ohh.. I love your traditions, Marg. So meaningful and beautiful - passing from one generation to the next!

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  14. How wonderful that you can share the Advent calender and reading with your little ones!

    Hope and Happiness!

    Have a great week.

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  15. Nice to see a Kerzenpyramide we have one just like it in our window, as most people do in Germany. Here simple illumination in the window is about all one needs for Christmas lights. A good old German tradition.
    So special to bring out old traditions, they are filled with memories.
    A good reminder to make Advent a time to reflect and prepare for Him. Danke.

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  16. Beautiful post and pictures Marg. Your oma heart beats strong and healthy.
    Such rich traditions!

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  17. Your home is a warm and loving environment for your family and friends. I treasure our traditions and sharing.

    May I please have one of those gingersnaps?

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