This year, we've decided to create our own tradition for the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, inspired by the Christian tradition of Advent. We just recently dismantled our Thankful Tree; we all really enjoyed the process of writing down all we are thankful for and filling our tree, and we'll miss it. I wanted to find a way to extend that practice in some way, and carry it into the rest of the holiday season. We've never been big into the Christmas-equals-presents way of thinking; we do things on a MUCH smaller scale. A few mentions of Advent by some Christian friends sent me to pondering, and I did a bit of research into what Advent is all about and winter solstice celebrations. We had a family discussion and decided to create a tradition with which we all could be comfortable.
So, on Sunday, we created the centerpiece (pictured below) for our table. We used greenery and pine cones from our yard to create it. Our plan is to light the candle at dinner each night, and each of us will name at least one hope/wish/prayer for others. Our goal is to focus outside of ourselves and bring some light into this dark season.
|our "Advent" centerpiece|