With less than a week until Christmas, we are nearly there.
Like you, I am a-flurry with Christmas wrap (never wait to order wrapping paper until the week before Christmas, lest you also be tempted to run out the door each time the UPS truck drives around the cul-de-sac praying a long thin box is in the day's shipment), cookie dough, and last-minute gift-making. There is only time to pray my St. Andrew chaplet each day, and the Christmas novena. No time for reading all my favorites blogs -- I will have a lot of catching up to do after Christmas.
I have no time for chit chat, as much as I would love to (can we talk while I'm wrapping and baking?), but I wanted to pop in and say "Hi" and let you know I haven't fallen off the earth, as much as I might like to in this last minute rush to celebrate the joyous birth of Our Infant God. Wouldn't it be so beautiful to celebrate His birth with a quiet hush or silent prayerful thanks, rather than all this horn honking and hair pulling (pulling out my own, not that of someone else)?
Jesse Tree, one of my newer favorite Advent traditions
Our tree is up and a new ornament is a new favorite as well.
Nearly there, Mary.
Another favorite decoration, pardon the lighting, my kitchen is so dark this time of year. It's a plate handed down from my mother-in-law, hanging in the kitchen during the Christmas season.
I love these candles, kit from Sunflower Candles.
Nearly there. A hat for my husband. It's an obscene amount of knitting in the round for one hat. I just started to decrease this morning.
Nearly there, kitty. Just a small hole, about a centimeter wide remains open in her belly. Poor thing. She also shows signs of concussion that is still healing. But she'll be fine, in fact, fine enough to find quite a bit of fun in Christmas tree ornaments on lower branches.
Some blingy gifts being created in Santa's workshop.
The first batch of cookies was started this morning. Each child gets to pick on recipe. These are chocolate chip biscotti.
I'm off to finish some knitting, wrap some packages, and mix up some cookie dough. I hope you are able to garner some peace from these last few days of Advent. Pax vobiscum.