Here we are at the end of the first week in Advent. Lots of bustle in the preparation department – shopping, decorating, planning. Probably not enough bustle in the spiritual department. To help with that, I just downloaded an iPhone Advent App and ordered a book called Simply Wait: Cultivating Stillness in the Season of Advent. It seems the challenge is always to make Christmas and make time to experience Christmas.
The author is Pamela Hawkins: published by Upper Room (image from christianbooks.com)
But we’re getting there, thanks in large part to cooking and wrapping elf Ashleigh and decorating elves Julia and Grant. We couldn’t do it without them!
Friends, including Michael and Marie-Christine, joined us for a holiday dinner prepared to perfection last weekend by Ashleigh.
Julia, Grant and the irrepressible Henry worked all afternoon last Sunday to Christmas up the house.
Victoria has requested animal photos, which is an easy task, since they insist on “helping” with all the holiday preparations. And this year, there’s one more little elf helping us deck the halls – Buster is bunking with us for a few weeks while his family is on their way to celebrate Tina’s birthday in Hawaii.
Soho is mortified that she doesn’t have a costume!
Aloha and Happy Birthday, Tina! Remember your fifth birthday?
The dogs came along with us yesterday to get our tree.
The Christmas Tree committee
And the CE put the lights up this morning, so we’re one step closer to being ready for the holiday. Our boys (you, too, Chris!) will be home soon and we are so excited!
Lightmaster CE with faithful assistant, Birdie
Chloe borrowed Buster’s hat so she could pose to make Victoria happy.
We’re feeling so grateful for all this holy and happy season holds for us. Hope all you Polloplayer readers are enjoying the season!
Victoria, you were wrong – chickens ARE necessary!