Merry Christmas (all 12 days of them!), Happy New Year and Happy Epiphany!#sorryi'malittlelate
What a crazy month it has been! We had so much going on it is hard to remember all of it! We came back from Knoxville the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we had a Christmas dinner with our conference ministry families on the 1st, I had the Christmas Bazaar craft fair on the 3rd, Community Choir Concert on the 4th, Christmas parade on the 5th, Children's One Day Christmas VBS on the 10th, and the Children's Christmas Play on the 11th. I had zero time to even start decorating until the 17th of December! #ishwascray P.S. The 17th ending up being the day for wrapping presents. It literally took all day! #wha Also, the church choir cantata was on the 18th!
Unrelated side note: We also went to see Rogue One on the 16th! #can'tmissthat
I did manage to get a few decorations put out here and there when I had a few minutes to spare on weekday evenings.
We started Advent trying to celebrate the feast days leading up to Christmas. It was such a wonderful time of excitement and anticipation. I tried to implement some new traditions this year. Some were successful and others were not.
For the first time in my whole adult life, we didn't put the tree up the Saturday after Thanksgiving!
It was intentional! A huge goal I have for this liturgical year is to be more liturgical! I want to get back to the traditional Christian practices. I want to really learn and understand what each season means during the church year. So not putting the tree up until after the 3rd week of Advent was one way for me to do that this year. I remember as a kid we didn't put our tree up until Christmas Eve! (That's a little too dramatic for me.) I did put out the nativity scenes minus baby Jesus and the Wisemen. I also put out a few decorations like the festive table cloth and dish towels. #werk
Below are a few more of the new things I did this year in a effort to live more liturgically.
New Advent tradition number 2 was that we tried to celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas on the 6th. However, I was super sick with a really bad cold and upper respiratory infection. So we didn't do as much as I wanted which was to buy some candy and put it in Timothy's shoe. I did manage to put up the stockings for jolly old St. Nick.
New Advent tradition number 3 was to celebrate the feast of St. Lucy on the 13th by putting up our Christmas lights. I hung the lighted garland on the mantel and above the doorways. We also made cinnamon buns to celebrate. I wanted to drive around and see the Christmas lights but it didn't work out. #sicknesswasmylifeindecember #acold #thenaninfection #thenfoodpoisoning
Back to the Christmas tree, we had 4 in our house this year. One of which was a new silver tree I ordered from Target! It was so pretty! BUT I totally forgot to take pictures of the old trees! Maybe I'll remember next year.
Christmas was on Sunday this year which I LOVED!!! For the first time, ever I think, we were in our own home for Christmas Eve Dinner. I made fried chicken strips, macaroni and cheese from scratch with real cheese, mashed potatoes and sister schubert rolls. We went all carb for birth of the King. Also, for the first time in like 5 years, we woke up on Christmas morning in our own bed. It was glorious! #gimmedemzzzzzzzs
Timothy's Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services were truly beautiful and such a wonderful worship experience!
We drove down to Knoxville after church and stayed to visit with family until the 28th. The only bad thing about Christmas being on a Sunday is that makes New Years Eve on a Saturday night. Yeah, we don't go out on Saturday nights because of worship the next morning. So New Years this year was a little dull for us. #inbedby11:30 #holla #partyinyoursleep
On to Epiphany!
I don't take my decorations down until after Epiphany. I have been doing that for a few years now and love it! We celebrate the arrival of the Wisemen on Epiphany so it made sense to me to leave up all the decoration until then!
We also celebrated by having a dinner feast for Timothy's Lectionary group and another feast a couple days later for our parishioners.
Whew! That's a lot and there is still work to be done. I have to take it all down and box it up now!
How was your Christmas?