The tree has been decorated since Thanksgiving. We keep it lit all day long because we enjoy it so much. I love this time of year.
|Before - plain candles|
|After with a little paper, glitter and string.|
What do you think? This is my idea of a Christmas craft. The paper is from an old book. I added a little distressing ink and glitter. Now I want to make a snowflake garland out of the same paper. I've got them cut out, but I need to add a little glitter to them and string them across the mantel.
Looking at Christmas art has been a particular joy the past few days. I've been pinning it to either my pinterest page or my facebook page. I sure wish I was able to paint such beautiful things.
|Kissing the Face by M. Weistling|
"How is it possible to bridge the gap between our sorry reality and the glad, grateful recognition of the Incarnation as the mainstay of our faith? We might begin by acknowledging that if we have neglected the spiritual call of Advent for yet another year, and have allowed ourselves to become thoroughly frazzled by December 24, all is not lost. We are, in fact, in very good shape for Christmas.
It is precisely because we are weary, and poor in spirit, that God can touch us with hope. This is not an easy truth. It means that we accept our common lot, and take up our share of the cross. It means that we do not gloss over the evils we confront every day, both within ourselves and without. Our sacrifices may be great. But as the martyred archbishop of El Salvador, Oscar Romero, once said, it is only the poor and hungry, those who know they need someone on their behalf, who can celebrate Christmas."