This is such a big feast that even dh "parties" -- on his way to work he stopped to get a sausage biscuit and coffee at McD's. For those of you who KNOW my husband, this is really kickin' back for him.
Unfortunately my littles are sick! String Bean has been down with a horrific cold since Friday -- she's getting better but her voice sounds like a bad impression of Lauren Bacall. BamBam is sneezling and generally icky while poor LegoManiac has been feeling the pangs of a horrific cold that has his stomach so upset that he's been in the bathroom off and on for about 2 hours now (it's 6:00 a.m.) and generally unable to sleep. The poor kids ... we don't even know if we'll make it to Mass today, that's how pitiful all are.
But, as the kids awaken and feel like it they'll be joining me in a new tradition: on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we will each make our own Nativity sets as well as put up and decorate our family one. My plan is that each year, as the children's skills improve, the Nativity sets become more and more elaborate -- something that will become an heirloom collection that they can take with them as they grow into adults.
This year, String Bean and LegoManiac have opted to make theirs with felt, making sewn 3-d shapes and stuffing them. BamBam wants to make his from wood -- painting a simple, thin-wood set. I'm going to make a "bread dough" set. We will at least finish the Baby Jesus figures today as our Pastor will bless Jesus at Sunday's Mass (which is also the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe) -- so those kids better get better! Although, somehow when we have a school day that includes crafting, miraculous cures take effect.
Prayers that your day is blessed with the intercessions of Our Lady and that you continue to experience a holy, healthy and happy Advent season.