Oh there's been a lot of counting down the sleeps around these parts. It's getting all rather exciting really, I'll be surprised if they settle well to sleep tonight! We're heading off on Christmas morning to spend time with family out of town, we'll be away a few days, and yes, it's all very exciting. Liam talks about it, oh, about one hundred times a day.
The advent calendar has really helped both kids get a feel for the passing of time and the counting down to this special day. They love taking turns opening the little window and discovering what's hiding behind.
We've also been celebrating advent by lighting candles every night at dinner time. One the first week, two the second week, and so on. The kids have enjoyed it so much. The first night while the candle was lit I sang them 'Away in a manger', as this was the first Christmas carol that came to mind. We have sung it every night since and the children are starting to know the words, it is hilarious, they take it very seriousy, we have taken a video of it which will be so fun to look back on in a few years time.
On Christmas morning we will light the orange candle also, to remind us of the birth of Jesus, the Light of the World.
And here is the nativity set that I mentioned I'd bought and have been meaning to show you, isn't it just so cute! I bought it off Felt, it is made by this clever lady. The manger is empty at the moment but on Christmas morning baby Jesus will be found asleep in the hay.
And the Christmas tree we made after seeing them here, there is a tutorial if you feel like doing some last minute crafting :)
I hope your Christmas preparations are going well and you have a lovely day tomorrow.
Merry Christmas all!