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O Glorious Advent! | Catholic Life

O Glorious Advent!

I am so very happy for Advent this year. It feels a bit fake in some ways since the weather seems far too warm for Advent, but it is my first year as an adult that I haven’t been drowning in busyness. I love being able to properly celebrate, even if most of the “celebrating” is really more recognizing than celebrating.

The only problem is that we did not plan ahead enough, so some of our Advent activities will be what I term cheater-Advent (following the first 24 days of December rather than starting on the first Sunday of Advent). I had thought that we would just stick with the basic adult devotional practices: an Advent wreath with extra prayers, greater recognition of the feast days of the season, memorizing scripture, Eastern inspired fasting, and praying the Liturgy of the Hours together more often. But on Saturday, the day before Advent started, my husband said that he would like to start working out our traditions now, rather than waiting for some children to show up to appreciate them. So I am scrambling to figure out what we want to do about a Jesse Tree and O Antiphon House and some sort of Christmas story chain that my husband’s family used when he was a child. It is great fun, even if I do feel like a cheater!

What do you do to prepare for Christmas? Please let me know if you think that I am missing something important!

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3 Responses to “O Glorious Advent!”

  1. Trena 01. Dec, 2009 at 10:49 am #

    Besides the Baby Jesus crib and the Advent chain I mentioned on my blog, we also read Luke Ch. 2 or Matthew Ch. 2 every night during Advent. I want to do a Jesse tree but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Let us know how that goes and maybe I’ll get the fire to do it next year!

    • Rae 01. Dec, 2009 at 11:00 am #

      Oh yes, inspired by you, we’re filling a basket with straw as our “manger” since we don’t have any dolls or cradles around. And I was really confused with my husband’s chain idea becuase I had read yours and his is quite different as it grows until Christmas and writes out Luke 2!

  2. Melissa C 02. Dec, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    We have an advent calendar prepared for us by our in-laws. We get little goodies every day. This year, I’ve been looking into other ways people celebrate with their advent calendar, and I thoroughly would like to do something where you do certain things each day. “Fill out your Christmas cards”, “Read the Christmas story”, “Donate to a shelter”, etc. I will be talking to my husband about concentrating on actual celebrations next year.

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