Saturday, January 7, 2017

Season of Advent and Christmas, in pictures

Happy New Year!!!!!!

I can't believe it is 2017!  But, here we are!  I pray your holidays were full of happiness and blessings!  I want to share some photos with you of our season of Advent and Christmas.  Since we follow the liturgical calendar, we start off our season with lighting of the advent candle each Sunday right after Thanksgiving in anticipation of the coming of the Christ Child.

Each day the children get to open a jar of candy and have a piece of whatever is in there plus we read a part of the Christmas story.

And, the rest is pretty traditional.  Christmas trees, presents, etc.  Enjoy a few pictures from our holiday celebrations!

Seasons Greenings, a train display at the Botanical Gardens in Washington, DC (an annual tradition)

Christmas Eve with my mom and dad

My oldest son has played Santa since he was about 3 years old.

Christmas with Lego (of course) and other fun things

An evening on the National Harbor for their musical lights and huge Christmas tree (another tradition)

Christmas day also issues in the season of the 12 days of Christmas!  Each day our wise men travel the house as they follow the star to see Jesus.

We issue in the new year with our annual fondue feast both with savory and sweet.

And, lastly is our celebration of Epiphany.  The wisemen have found the baby Jesus, and we celebrate their arrival and the close of the season with a special dinner and a small gift for each child.  We also have a cake with 3 beans hidden inside.  If you find a bean, you are crowned king or queen for 24 hours.

And, that wraps up our season of Advent and Christmas in pictures.  We did other fun things as well like gingerbread houses, a cookie decorating party with friends, new years eve party with more friends, and making foam crafts (a gift from their mawmaw).  Overall, it was a great season to be in.  But, it is back to school and a more predictable routine.  I don't know about you, but I crave routine (and so do my kids).   May your 2017 be full of blessings.  May you see the Joy of the Lord this year!

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