I know it seems a little crazy since we have not yet approached Thanksgiving but this year I don't want to plan out the Advent season on the first day of Advent, which is what we have done in the past :). Brant and I have been pondering some big family changes as we learn more about the church calendar and the mood that needs to be set in our home during Advent and then progressing into the 12 Days of Christmas. We want the kids to love the celebration and we want us the parents to not be totally exhausted after Advent having no juice left for the real party which is Christmas. Here is one of the changes we are considering and not yet decided on....The BIG change would be putting up the tree on or a little before Christmas Eve. We are thinking we want our Advent season to be a slow progression towards Christmas picking up celebratory speed and momentum at the end as we approach the birth of Christ. What a better more grand way to end Advent and begin Christmas then with the rising of the Christmas tree....A Christmas tree of fireworks stuffed full of lights and glittering ornaments tucked inside the dark green firs of the tree just shout rejoice in the birth of our KING!
This does have some scheduling issues however, putting the tree up later means keeping it up later and we usually leave after Christmas to celebrate the New Year with family. Our kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the tree and we want them to be able to enjoy it as long as they can! The biggest issue is finding the time closer to Christmas to do this since school, and church and friends have lots of activities that we love to partake in. We will keep hashing at this and will post our daily Advent activities here on the blog as I did last year. Stay tuned.