Advent is a intended as a time of expectation, reflection and preparation for the nativity of Christ.
This year it has been very difficult to keep my mind focused on advent. Having a 2 1/2 year old at home results in a very disjointed day (or world for that matter).
We had our family Christmas Open House last weekend with 100 people invited and ~45 actually attending. I had hoped that that event might 'set the mood' for the run up to Christmas - no joy. Between the mass cleaning and running around town getting rented dishes it resulted in a feeling of 'quick quick run then pause'. I'm not sure how to avoid that. Maybe next year we need to scale down a bit.
So while I'm 'expectant' for Christmas, I'm not prepared and I've had no time for reflection.
How do you 'keep Christmas' in your home?
Photo Credit: Adrea Kranz