last sunday evening i attended an advent tree making art class at a place to land studio in mount holly, north carolina. it was an evening of wonderful scripture, reflection, creating, and friendships. i always enjoy attending these classes, meeting new people, and enjoying time with people who have become very dear to me.
growing up we enjoyed st. nick on the morning on december 6
we would put out our stockings, shoes, and a christmas list on the evening of december 5
and woke up to oranges, candy, mints, chocolate covered peanuts, and a small toy
a few years ago, i decided to surprise my italian husband with this german catholic tradition
i bought him a stocking and filled it with oranges, candy, and a few items i know he loves
this year i didn't do st. nick
but to my surprise
woke up to him surprising me.
it warmed my heart
his soul is so pure- so sweet.
he bought me a stocking at anthropologie, a home magazine, chocolate covered peanuts from trader joe's … and an orange.
if you aren't into diy projects
naptime diaries has a printable version for $35
that is adorable.
here is the inspiration and the beginning of my tree...
here are some of the details:
i added the star at the top- from crate and barrel
...i plan to keep adding to the calendar every year...
we covered the close pins with fun paper- i used book print, mint green, and black/whites
*please ignore the terrible lighting all over our current home* :)
we all created a list of 25 things we would like to do this season
one for each day
here are some of my ideas:
make christmas cookies. read mary's song in the bible, write a letter, hang mistletoe, pay it forward, feed the birds, a hot chocolate/movie night, thank someone, make a green and red meal, drive around and look at christmas lights in your jammies, a pamper day, roast marshmallows, read the christmas story, donate to charity, make german gluhwein, attend mass with my family.
lastly, last thursday was our fifth annual book club christmas celebration
we always exchange ornaments
here is what i gave this year - all from crate and barrel:
what does advent mean to you?
how do you plan to prepare for the coming?