With the lighting of the first purple candle, the reading from the Word of that long ago promised One, the messiness of the house as it is transformed and trimmed with our favorite Christmas books and decorations, and, of course, that holiday-inspired manicure, Advent has finally arrived in Dole Valley. :) This time of year, more than any other, is my favorite. I do love fall, and spring, and the fullness of the garden in summer, but Advent is when it all comes together and the memories of years past fill our hearts and minds and bring our family together in the most awesome of ways as we celebrate and sing: Joy to the world, the LORD has come!
Our evening readings are providing extra time with my needles. The second sleeve of my tea leaves is growing, and I've got my fingers crossed that I'll be wearing it next week. :) Trying to find the perfect buttons has been added to my to-do list -- do any of you have a favorite button supplier? Please share!
Reading is still Little House, but our Advent reading, pictured above, is the Tolkien book, a collection of letters and drawings he sent to his children pretending to be Father Christmas that is a real treasure! Christmas Spirit is a favorite collection of Advent readings, Christmas stories, ideas, and recipes that we use every year.
So how's your yarn garden blooming? What's new in your world? How is your Christmas shopping coming along? I'm almost finished, how about you? Please share in the comments and join me at Ginny's. :)
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PS: hand-rolled beeswax Advent candles are available here if you are interested; Amazon links for the Tolkien & "Christmas Spirit" are below, click on the images -- thanks for your support! :)