- I miss a bunch of things about the traditional Lutheran church I grew up attending, but this time of year, it's probably the advent wreath that I miss the most. Unless, of course, it's the hymns; at the church we're a part of now, it's apparently against, well, their religion to sing christmas carols the way they've been sung for hundreds of years, oh no, they have to be tweaked and revamped and messed with until everyone is struggling to sing along even though we all know all the words. Not that this bothers me. Everyone knows I am very flexible and easy to work with.
Somehow it never occurred to me that I could have an advent wreath of my very own right in our house, heck, smack dab in the middle of our kitchen table, if I wanted. Which I did.
|Our children evidently wanted to give you a good idea of how things normally look around these parts. But also note the advent wreath!|
I found the box of advent candles at a garage sale a few years ago, which is the moment that made me pause and say to myself, "I'm pretty sure the Lutheran police aren't going to come to our house and smite me if I use these outside of a church," and fifty cents later they were all mine. There's no doubt they languished in that box for years before I adopted them; the pink candle is maybe 1% pink now and 99% white. The wreath is one that I found at Goodwill years ago for $1 and then stashed in a cabinet, sure that I'd use it someday. Its day finally arrived, after I'd made it a little more naked, of course, as is befitting an advent wreath. Or something.
- The mother of one of Caedmon's preschool classmates spent some time talking to the class about their family's celebration of Hanukkah, which made a big impression on our son. We hadn't yet reached home afterward when he began brandishing a small object at me, informing me that "This is a Hanukker!" to which my response was, "Do you mean 'dreidel'?" He acknowledged that yes, it was a dreidel, then asked why we didn't celebrate Hanukkah. A series of questions and answers followed, ending in Caedmon gasping and saying, "Does that mean Max is one of God's chosen people?!" I confirmed that he was, and our Cade was in awe. Easily one of the best parts of my week.
- Those caramelized stars from the previous post are made by pouring the molten sugar into metal cookie cutters placed on a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil. I greased both the foil and the inside of the cookie cutters with cooking spray. You let the sugar cool and harden for a couple hours on the sheet, then gently tap the shapes out of the cookie cutters.