Tuesday, December 6, 2011

slices of slow advent

I don't know about you, but Christmas always comes too soon. I love it, of course, but as my fondness for Thanksgiving has increased in recent years, I've found that the transition right into Christmas the very next day is just too quick for me. I like to draw things out so that I can really have the chance to enjoy them. And I like things to last. I'm a savorer.

Last year was the first year that I deliberately tried to slow down (at least at home) during advent, and it made all the difference in the season even after the Christmas season had come and gone. There was a peacefulness about it in our home that was genuine and much needed.
 This year we're following suit. The girls and I do one small advent decoration or project/activity each day like setting up the advent wreath...
 and making hostess gifts...
 and hanging up garlands...
Of course, we are still enjoying the awesome parties and upbeat events that come up this time of year, but it has been so nice to just do small, unhurried things at home. We'll transition into the good old Christmas kitsch when the big day gets closer, but for now I'm savoring slow. The girls favorite parts are still the advent calendar and paperwhite bulbs which are now everywhere, pictures of those to come.

ps- my table clay pot "wreath" was inspired by (ok, blatantly stolen from) the very talented and very lovely Kjerstis Lykke who if you haven't checked out you should. Incredible! Makes me want to take a little Scandinavian getaway stat. 


  1. This is such a crazy time of year with Halloween, followed by Thanksgiving, and then Christmas. My twins didn't help much when they decided to arrive two months early in November. So now we have a double birthday mixed in there too! I think Halloween and Thanksgiving should be moved two weeks earlier. That way we'd get a full month and a half to prepare for Christmas. I ADORE that picture of your dining room, Leah. How did you make the garland?

  2. Totally agree with you this crazy time, but I love these beautiful sensations before the holiday this fuss when I can do a lot of nice things for my family! But we must hurry, we have little time))


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