Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Advent Preparations & A Jesse Tree Ornament Swap!


So, who else is thinking ahead and making plans for Advent and Christmas?  With my younger children out of town I have quite the list of little projects I am hoping to complete over the next week, including wrapping some of the Christmas gifts I had (thankfully) purchased throughout the year as well as wrapping up books for this year's Advent & Christmas Book Baskets and St. Nicholas Day!  I'll try and post a complete list sometime, but my new picks for this year do include those pictured in the basket above:  Bambinelli Sunday (a newly published book by Amy Welborn), Kersti and Saint Nicholas (written by Hilda van Stockum, originally published in 1940 and reprinted in 2010!), and The Dolls' Christmas (OOP, I finally found an inexpensive used copy earlier this year!)

I am also going to be making some little "Angel" ornaments for a Jesse Tree Swap which Karen generously offered to host this morning on Facebook!   We will still use our original well loved felt Jesse Tree, along with our beautiful set of Jesse Tree Treasures Ornaments, but I am very excited to add a handmade set to our collection as well!  If you are interested in joining the swap go sign up now!  


23 comments:

  1. I started planning two weeks ago:) With a new babe due during Lent, I am getting all our liturgical plans in order to make it easier. Thank you so much for your posts! I am getting GREAT ideas. God Bless. Continued prayers for your family during these challenging, yet blessed, times.

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    1. Congratulations on the new baby! So exciting! Thank you for the prayers! :)

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  2. How did I not know about Kersti and Saint Nicholas being reprinted? We love Hilda van Stockum and will have to add that to our collection. Thank you! You always have the BEST book recommendations and I can't wait to see the rest of your plans for this year so I can (steal them lol) make our plans. No pressure! :o)

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    1. It looks like such a sweet book. I didn't even get past the dedication before loving it:
      "To my three little daughters, the real authors of this book, and to St. Nicholas with apologies"

      I will try and start woking on my other posts soon. lol :)

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  3. I second that - love your wonderful ideas! Oohhh, seeing 'The Dolls Christmas' made me nostalgic - my mom loved Tasha Tudor and we had that book in our home growing up. I peeked at it on Amazon...but figured it isnt quite suited to three boys! ;)

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  4. And..Ive been wanting to order Francie on the Run and The Mitchells, also by Hilda Van Stockum!

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    1. We have those too and have been planning to read them! Hopefully soon!

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  5. I was eagerly awaiting this post! :)

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  6. Thanks for the reminder =) I'd like to start planning early too (for once!)

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  7. I love Tasha Tudor and some of her books always end up wrapped for Christmas. The Dolls Christmas has always been so expensive, I was delighted to see a less expensive copy that you linked to!

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    1. Oh good! It looks like such a precious book!

      I have a couple other Tasha Tudor books to wrap up this year as well! Our oldest received the version of Secret Garden illustrated by Tasha Tudor on her birthday and I have Inside the Secret Garden A Treasury of Crafts, Recipes, and Activities to give her on Christmas in addition to The Tasha Tudor Cookbook!

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  8. Thanks so much for spreading the word about the ornament swap. The first one is filled and I have created second Jesse Tree Ornament Swap. http://kareninmommyland.blogspot.com/2013/10/jesse-tree-swap-2.html

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  9. I've been looking over "Christmas Mosaic" by Cay Gibson for some book ideas/study guides/activities, etc. There are some great finds in her book (despite some being hard to find or OOP). I'm looking forward to YOUR book list for this year and seeing what else is new for your Christmas book basket this year!

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    1. Christmas Mosaic is excellent! I will be hosting a giveaway for an autographed copy when I post this year's book baskets ;)

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    2. Neat! I've had a lot of fun looking it over! I got it last year a bit too late by the time it arrived and so it's been waiting for this year to get brought back out. There are SO MANY great Christmas books out there these days. I do not get books that pertain to "Santa Claus" or any of that particular "belief system" as I want my daughter to learn about our wonderful Saint Nicholas, Advent and the story of the Christ Child that comes to us. That being said, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the tradition of the Christkind! We started that last year, too! God's angels are always hard at work, aren't they! :)

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  10. Wow! Thanks for including our book in your basket!

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    1. Thanks for another great book, Amy! I pre-read it and can't wait to share it with my children. I'm sure they are going to enjoy it this Advent!

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  11. I made a Jesse Tree inspired by this blog and I'd like to show you how this turned out.

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    1. I'd love to see pictures. You are welcome to email them to me anytime. :)

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  12. Hi Jessica,
    I think I asked you this before but I can't remember your answer. Do your children really think it is St. Nicholas who leaves them the treats? I have been letting mine think it is St. Nick, however my oldest seems a little wary. Here in Colombia it is Baby Jesus who brings the Christmas gifts. Would you mind sharing?Thanks!

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    1. Oh Jessica! You shouldnt have! Thats so thoughtful of you! Thank you! That was helpful. My older sister said that when we were little my mom did not push Santa, but rather was quiet and let our imaginations work. And the main focus was Christ's birth. I love the idea of showing our children the miracles that can happen and keeping the wonder and excitement of Christmas. And how beautiful our Catholic faith is that we always have the contrasts of fast and feast. I also remember our mother making an effort to bring us to Mass more during Advent.. God bless!

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  13. I'm thinking ahead and making plans for Advent! See pictures of the Jesse Tree Ornaments I make. http://etsy.me/GNtdc0

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