Sunday, November 27, 2005

Happy Advent to all!

Advent. A time of preparation, anticipation, and maybe a time to get our Christmas cards mailed! I brought home from church today an Advent wreath base, candles, and a booklet of weekly prayers and readings. We need to add greenery to the wreath base and place the candles, and then we'll be ready for our much-enjoyed nightly Advent wreath lighting with the kids.

I love to bake and cook for Thanksgiving feasting, and it's a great way to begin the holidays. Right now the turkey stock from yesterday's turkey carcass and drippings is simmering on the stove and smelling delicious. It'll go into the freezer for cooking Christmas dinner. Tomorrow morning I may make cranberry-orange bread (recipe from my Fannie Farmer Cookbook) or pumpkin bread (F.F. cookbook or a recent Cooking Light magazine), and my favorite topping for toasted pumpkin bread: easy baked cranberry preserves (Fancy Pantry, by Helen Witty). The family prefers cream cheese, so we have that, too. No special reason -- only that these treats mean harvest and holidays and keeping warm against the cold outside.

Gotta keep things moving along. Holiday prep, always-needed household management, repairs (!), get out the Advent and Christmas music, put up the pre-Christmas decorations (no Christmas tree until later...), do some related projects and reading with the boys, start Christmas gift prep and shopping, ... Yet: pick and choose what we love and what is most important to us about this season, both climatological (fall becoming winter) and liturgical (Advent to Christmas to Epiphany).

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