Monday, November 18, 2013

Advent Preparations

We received the candles for our Advent wreath a few days ago.  I'm making a list of Advent and Christmas books to get from the library.  I'm planning a few simple crafts for the season.  And most of all, I'm making a dent in my Christmas shopping (and my St. Nicholas Day and St. Lucia's Day shopping).  My goal is to be done by the start of Advent (two weeks away) so that we can anticipate Christmas with reverence and without stress.  We have a modest budget this year, but I'm still making an effort to buy from small businesses.  While that may mean less gifts, that also usually means that the gifts I do buy will be high quality, unique, and personal. 

We're also making sure our gifts include donations to charities near and dear to my heart.  I recently signed up as a consultant for Lilla Rose (beautiful, high quality hair accessories) with the purpose of making some extra money to sponsor an aging person.  So far, I've made enough each month to be able to sponsor Juan Jose, an 86 year old widower in Ecuador. 

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