Advent has begun a couple of weeks ago, but we are sluggish in our Christmas making. This is my fault. There is something about life nowadays that has me anxious to complete the daily work without any frills. Survival mode of sorts. Or perhaps it's just a prolonged and much-needed break - an unconscious need making itself heard. Don't know. I have grand plans, as always, but need that initial thrust to get started.
There are two hats I have finished, at long last, for my girls. So thankful for that thrust of motivation, as it is getting colder outside. Now I must dig deep to finish M's.
On a completely unrelated note, I have to mention just how much my kids love our Schleich figures. We have built up our collection over the years and it is by far the "go to" toy in our home. That and Lego. :) They really are so well made, I can't speak highly enough about them. Our kids have been given several different brands in addition to the Schleich, but I have to say that the Schleich have held up best of all. So. If you are looking, it's a great gift for toddlers and older children too!
We had a lovely feast of St. Barbara on the 4th. It is tradition to make special donuts dunked in an orange-blossom flavoured honey syrup. Delicious. Mine didn't turn out too well. I mean they taste ok, but I don't seem to leave them in the syrup long enough for them to soak up a little of the moisture on the inside. Ah well. We still enjoyed them.
I love thinking to think up small ways to create in them a real love for God and the saints. That's kind of why we do it. M has asked how does St. Nicholas know where we live and how does he come. I tell him that sometimes St. Nicholas visits himself, and other times he sends someone in his stead. I think he will understand soon that we are the ones that put the treats in their boots, but I don't think that will change anything for him. St. Nicholas is a beloved saint to the children.
There are two weeks till the end of Advent. If I don't have time to update this space before then, it is because I choose to retain my sanity, to enjoy each moment as it comes without thought for documenting its posterity. Wishing you a white and wonderful journey!