Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Pause in Advent 2 - Counting Down!

The countdown began last Sunday... I was inspired by a photo in last year's Period Living.

My moss is muddier than theirs!
Two of the pots come from the May Day Lily of the Valley which we buy each year in France - a nice seasonal link which I'm really appreciating.

Granny (Ben's mum) made the tree calendar for the boys years ago.


Son 2 decided to spend some of his 13th birthday money in advance - on a Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar! 'Aren't you a bit old for Lego?' asked his piano teacher this week. 'My DAD still likes Lego!' replied Son 2 (spot-on, kid!) 'Oh well, then,' admitted the teacher. The French aren't as playful as the English-speaking nations, on the whole...

Although not actually playing with Lego, Ben was working in Denmark last week. He phoned me from a Christmas Market to get the go-ahead to buy a Danish Advent Candle.

When he brought it home we realised it was too big to fit any of our candlesticks, so he polished up and drilled a hole in an artistically gnarled bit of firewood. We like the result!

Son 1 is in charge of the most important count-down, this year...


Although I love the notion of a timeless winter festival, for me the key reason for this celebration, the One we are all waiting for, is the baby whose little wooden likeness is going to appear on the tray on December 24th. I can't get over the wonder.

14 comments:

VintageVicki said...

Good morning

Don't ever tell my 2 there's a Lego Star Wars advent calendar - they'd be wanting one even at almost 16 & 14 (scary). However they'll have to settle for chocolate this year.

I've just been hunting down some photos for my post today and will do it later :)

Fat Dormouse said...

I love your 4 Advent candles in mossy pots. Beautiful.

Just to let you know, I'm also pausing over at fatdormouse.blogspot.com (that's my slightly more Foodie blog and I think my Google link takes people there) I hope that's OK. I'm really enjoying visiting other people and having my thoughts provoked!

Kaye - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

What a great idea your husband had for the candle. My sweet husband was a woodworker and he did a few pieces like that which I still have and love. It's a sweet treasure wrapped up in lovely family memories that I treasure and y'all will as well, I know.

My grandkids also have the LEGOs Advent calendar and love it. Plus my oldest grandson added to their children's nativity sets with his very own creation - combining his blocks plus various old LEGOs in their drawers - it's simple but sweet and I was so proud of him. :) You can see it at SandwichINK.com/lego-nativity :)

My Advent post will be up later this morning, as well as the Christmas and Advent Bible memory verses for the kids and grand children on Wednesdays.

Thanks for a lovely visit and have a blessed week.

Pom Pom said...

I can't get over the wonder either, Floss.
One of the many things I love about my students this year is the way they love their Legos! Kids grow up too fast. I'm glad Ben still plays with Legos, too!

Carol said...

Lovely post Floss, thank you.
Your advent candle holder is just perfect.
Carol xx

Fiona said...

Your advent candle holder looks great. My post is up for today.

polkadotpeticoat said...

What a wonderful post Floss......

Lorrie said...

Lovely post, Floss.

Our son and our son-in-law have taken up Lego once again - I don't think some are ever too old for it.

The Danish Advent candle is beautiful. And the holder - most unique and charming.

Serenata said...

Great Advent candle holders, both those in pots and also the one that Ben made. That is what we are missing Advent candles...we have the holder...up in the loft, so must ask Mark to get it down for me.

Betty said...

Wooden candleholder is an excellent idea, might try and find something suitable for a very fat candle I have stashed away! We have a 13th birthday this month too! I am holding off on Christmas decorating a bit so that the birthday gets full attention! Everything seems to happen in one month in our house!

TheMadHouse said...

I adore the candle holder, it looks amazing. I am loving the pause in advent again this year as usual. So nice to take a break, a cup o9f tea dn read through them all

Dame Judi said...

So enjoying your thoughts this season as well as the sweet family bits woven in.

Pomona said...

Lovely atmospheric pics! And I have done my post for this week - a day late, but better late than never?!

Pomona x

Mommy en France said...

I love your decorations, so personal and unique. Especially like the embroidered mat! I too am looking forward to the arrival of the bébé - even if ours is a bit ragged, as our cat once tried to eat him!