We borrowed this idea and painted these letters as a reminder of what is important during the Advent season. Unfortunately, Michaels was out of the larger letters we needed, so I had to go with this smaller size and make a sign. The result isn't quite what I'd hoped, but again, that's what I get for crafting while sick (it's very sparkly!).

What's wrong with this picture?! I almost didn't notice until I asked the kids which candle we should light for the first Sunday of Advent. When they all correctly responded "purple," that's when I realized that we only had only one purple candle, rather than three. Oops! Ironically, I had ordered these candles from a monastery ~ the boys found it highly amusing that a monk would make such a mistake, though I'm certain it wasn't intentional!

I had also planned to make an Advent wreath, but was never able to find exactly what I was looking for, so we had to make do with a simple candle charger (for now).

Our Swedish Advent Candle ~ there's little tomtes all over it, very cute!

Yummy chocolate-filled Advent calendars, all in a row.

Our leaning Jesse Tree ~ the women at my Grandmother's church made the ornaments and then held an ornament exchange so that everyone would have a complete set. Some of them are pretty amazing!


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