There is much planning and preparation that happens at this time of year, and in the midst our family loves to slow and savour these days of anticipating Christmas. Slowly and quietly each year we are weaving simple family traditions into our Christmas celebrations. Some will drop away, some will be reworked, and some will define Christmas for us and become lifelong memories.
For today’s Friday Five I thought I’d share five of our family Advent traditions.
December 1 and the tree is up. Our tree is usually a potted plant or a foraged branch, and this year I loved putting on my gumboots, grabbing a saw and chopping a branch off one of the lovely pines standing over our dam. Our tree is never big or glitzy. It’s a holder of memories, for each decoration has its own story and quietly beckons rememberings.
Maybe, just maybe, this sticky chocolate gingerbread will become the sweetness we add to the first day of Advent year after year. A gorgeous new recipe tried by my daughter. Maybe a sweet new tradition?
Pinecones are some of our favourites and they loiter beautifully in buckets, gorgeous as they are or waiting for some Christmas repurposing. Painted and hung, clustered and decorated. Even when we lived in a faraway land devoid of pine trees, we always had a few of these lovelies tucked away for Christmas.
Our 25 Advent pockets hold strips of love-worn paper, each day unwrapping more of the Christmas story. The pockets also hold treasures – little treats or small decorations to hang on the tree or mini craft projects. And our Advent calendar is even more special, for it was hand made by the lovely Melissa and gifted when our first babes were small…
And sitting in a jar next to our Advent pockets is a stack of starry gingerbreads. Each evening we gather around and take it in turns to read the Advent story, and these are perfectly crisp ginger and spice to nibble as we linger over the unfolding of Christmas before us.
I do hope you too make time to slow and savour this Advent season with some of your own family traditions.
Happy Friday friends!