Friday, January 3, 2014

The Fourth Light of Advent

The fourth light of Advent is the light of man.

The light of love, the light of thought, to give and understand.

e's needle-felted ornaments for Nana and Papa
Guinea's Christmas feast
E's duct tape shoes

We spent a quiet Christmas morning getting ready for a visit from Nana and Papa. The children were thrilled with their gifts: a mushroom for E and a kip bar for e, turning our living room into even more of a gym than it already was! While the kids flipped and spun, C and I finished last-minute cleaning and cooked up a feast to enjoy with the grandparents.

The visit did not disappoint. There was much game-playing, star-gazing (Papa gifted us with a telescope!), and nature walk-taking. E still had gym, so Nana and Papa got to see him in action. We spent time on the beach, where e filled her new duct tape nature bag with treasures from the sea. Plus there was peppermint bark-making. Can't forget that.

New this year was a read-aloud of Kringle. A story of goblins, elves, pirates, a priest, and a boy. Good triumphing over evil. A light shining in the darkness, hope when all seems lost. e opted out of the beginning- it was a bit frightening- but joined us again by chapter four. We will most likely read it again next year. It's that good.

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