|This is half of the mountain that came out of the attic.|
Yesterday saw the removal of fall decorations and a little glimpse of the new season, and today we got a big swath done. For us that means garlands with lights and quantities of ornaments on the garlands, and wreaths.
|Helpful sons putting up garlands and lights. Not a Mom job.|
|Is this a Christmas decoration? No, it is the rest of the huge pumpkin that still needed to be cooked, portioned and frozen.|
|Garlands and wreath.|
The rest, that is, the Christmas tree and creche, won't appear until midway through Advent when we get a tree.
Also, it is about time for Advent Calendars or Jesse Trees, as one chooses. I do not have as much done as I had hoped for the Jesse Tree pictures - only one page - but an obliging son went through the rigamarole of getting that much on here as a clickable, printable page (see below). This includes the first four days of the season. I do hope someone will try it and let me know if it works. I am working on this as the basis of our family Christmas Eve service this year. I plan, starting tomorrow, to have a short written accompaniment to each figure, day by day. If all goes well, the rest of the figures will go up all at once shortly.
(Note that the PDF page will appear upside down when you click on it, but that shouldn't matter for printing. We're trying to get the hang of this process.)
|These are the first four figures for the Jesse Tree. They can be colored and cut out and hung. Or if anyone is ambitious, they could be embroidered on fabric or pieced in felt or made in any other creative way one chooses.|
Click the link to download printable PDF: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1hlligoo2yfr39h/SCAN0019.PDF?dl=0