1. I love, love, love this Advent/Christmas tree idea. We haven’t bought a tree yet, partly because I was leaning towards having the tree just for Christmas, instead of putting it up while it was still Advent. But this would be a great solution to that problem. Hmmmm . . . must get purple lights next year!

  2. We don’t have an Advent tree because we don’t even put up our Christmas tree until closer to Christmas. Between lack of space, children and our cats several ornaments don’t make it back into the decorations bin each year. My Mother will be up here on the 23rd so we’ll put it up the day before and everyone will decorate it that night. We do have a Jesse Tree which is made from a long branch cut into smaller ones and tied together, and stuck in a cup of fish bowl gravel to keep it upright. My eldest thinks it’s cool looking and has, so far, enjoyed participating in it this year since we’ve never done one before.
    I love the idea of the purple lights after Halloween, I’ll have to remember that for next year.

  3. The tree was… well… attacked by Grace today, so all the felt ornaments were in a blob on the bottom of the tree. It was rather sad.

    Hopefully I’ll have time to “pretty it back up” tomorrow and take pictures!

    (we didn’t finish homeschooling today until 4:30, and by then Grace was awake… supper had to be made… and pictures just didn’t happen….)

  4. I’m glad to have the kids be more hands on this year with Advent. We’ll also be celebrating St. Nicholas day as well. Something we’ve never done before. That is when our “magic elf” will show up as well, so that the kids have a good explanation of why St. Nick stopped by but didn’t leave anything.

    As far as creation goes, I think, at least as someone who grew up with no religion, that it’s important to teach that the 7 days could be different than 7 days of each only 24 hours. Humans decided how long days are, and years and hours and seconds. Look at how we measure things even, some people use standard and some use metric. I think if you teach, at least to tiny ones, just 7 straight days that there is too much room to miss the point.

    We’re in the lowcountry. Live about 2 or 3 miles from downtown Charleston.

  5. I love the idea of the purple lights. We decided to do something similar this year, by not turning on the lights until Christmas. We put a star on top and will turn it on to lead us to Jesus, but the rest of the lights stay off until Christmas.

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