It’s hard to believe, but yesterday was the first Sunday in Advent. I particularly enjoyed going out in the evening, through the snow, to the church: the short service ended with us all singing while holding lit candles in the dark sanctuary. I love the season of Advent, the waiting – though not fasting in my case! – and preparation. I love to contemplate the mind-blowing idea of divinity choosing to come to earth in the form of a tiny, helpless baby.
We don’t normally decorate for Christmas before December, but with our family schedules being fairly insane over the next few weeks, yesterday afternoon was the best time. The Dafter always enjoys setting up her Playmobil nativity set, but this year she decided to do two nativities: traditional and modern.
In the traditional scene, the Dafter decided that Mary would have to be lying down, since she’d just had a baby:
In the modern nativity scene, Mary and Joseph seem to have found a room at the Travelodge, where they have visitors as well as lots of important baby gear (no flat-screen t.v. though):
Today there was no school, because with stunning foresight the City Council had decreed today and tomorrow to be in-service days. This was just as well, as we got another few inches of snow:
We’d planned for the Dafter and some friends who live about two miles away to play together today. Did the snow deter us? Not a bit! One mother walked the girls here, and we walked them back! I think we will all sleep well tonight.