Whereas we seemed to spend every waking minute of the fall exploring and adventuring, only the sunny and snowy days are pulling us outdoors now. The rest of our energies are bent toward a semi-hibernation.
Unearthing the Christmas box from the storage attic revealed a trove of bright lights and colourful toys that make being indoors less of a drag. Advent is a special time in our home. We celebrate many of the European advent traditions in our home with mulled wine, the lighting of the advent candles on Sunday, and opening our little German advent calendar (with pictures not chocolates thank you!) every day. These small rituals bring a sense of joy and of preparation that fit very well with the spirit of Christmas – waiting for Christ’s teachings to be reborn in our hearts – and with the overall sense of expectation we are feeling now that the baby is less than 2 months away from joining us in our home!
I’ve got to say that since having Althea – we have returned to that preschool Christmas decor that is so kitschy but also so welcome in the gray days of winter. Bright wooden manger figures, colourful paper chains, gingerbread gummies and the vintage porcelain Christmas tree inherited from my grandparents home are right in line with the kind of Christmas we are looking for this year. Lots of light, lots of magic and simple, simple, simple.
The added bonus of all of these crafts and advent activities is that they fit very well with Althea’s preschool learning too. Fine motor skills, colour identification and, with the introduction of our advent calendar, identifying numerals as part of the process as we count down the days until Santa passes! You see? I can still bring on the “fun” while focusing on the fundamentals. Haha! Or… rather… Hoho!