It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
We put the tree up over the weekend, which has already greatly added to the general festive mood.
The advent boxes are out (under the tree) and ready to start this afternoon. I have included a fair number of presents and gifts among them this year, meaning there will not be many presents on Christmas Day, but we will have had lots to play with and have fun with for the whole month. We will have some new music, some new craft, some new ornaments and some things to do together.
The Christmas music has been released from it's 11 month ban and is on regular playlists. Our favourites include Colin's Buchanan's King of Christmas, Third Day's Christmas Offerings, Nathan Tasker's A Star, A Stable, A Saviour and I still like Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas. If anyone can recommend a version of Handel's Messiah in which the words are clearly distinguishable, I would much appreciate it!
I have recently started reading Matthew's gospel again and will combine it now with Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. Oh, and I'd better get the kid's Christmas books out too...