I feel a bit "manic" today. Growing up my parents always said that I got the best ideas "in the eleventh hour" and that has not changed as an adult. I like to plan, but when it comes down to it, I will often change my mind at the last minute and have a better idea 5 minutes after I needed it. I work like a mad woman to get the new idea in motion.
Advent is like that this year. Last year we made an Advent Chain and used our Christmas tree as a Jesse tree. Each day had a saint or a scripture on the link of the chain and we learned about the saint or reflected on the scripture (relating to Jesus' conception and birth) up until Christmas. This year I wanted to do something different. This year I made a Jesse tree out of construction paper (it looks like a Christmas tree). Each bow corresponds to two dates leading up to Christmas. We are using the Jesse tree reading and ornaments from the Diocese of Erie. I found these last year and we will be using them again. We will put out Jesse tree ornaments on the tree. Also, for all the amazing feasts in Advent, I have collected pictures of the saints to put on the tree too. (Please do not laugh at my lack of artistic ability!!!)
This year is special too because we have our own A now with us. Since Sunday was the feast of St Andrew and we found the following great novena for St Andrew, we will be praying this till Christmas.
(It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.)
When I found the St Andrew Novena, I got the idea to make chaplets for the family. Last night I ordered the St Andrew medals and today we are making the beads that Waltzing Matilda mentioned on her blog here. We should have the chaplets done by the end of this week (at least it is before the novena is over). This morning while reading Elizabeth Foss' blog I noticed she posted a photo of the chaplet her family made. That woman is amazing!!
We are praying the novena for little A and his health!
I need to go make some more beads . . . maybe I will be more organized next year!!