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Day 337: Adventing

I can't say much about yesterday except that I took cranky to new levels. I did not win Advent yesterday, but I did listen to a couple of Advent podcasts this week that I wanted to share.

The Art of Simple - Episode 49: Guilt-free Holidays

  • Tsh gives a simple explanation of a few Adventy things, like St. Nicholas Day, the 12 Days of Christmas, and gives a peek into what her family does for Advent. I love hearing what different families do to celebrate the liturgical year. 

Fountains of Carrots - Episode 56: Advent Low Down

  • The main thing I took from this was the idea one of them had to not multi-task for Advent. To just do the thing you are doing, and be present there. I am so bad sometimes about putting all my focus on productivity. Can I knit or clean pictures off my phone or make a grocery list while also playing a game with the kids? Can I Christmas shop online while we are eating lunch? Can I answer emails and texts while finishing up my Christmas cards? I have pondered the difference just doing one thing at a time can do for me, and I think I'm going to try it out for the rest of Advent. I won't do it with 100% accuracy, but at least putting this top of mind will be good for me, I think. 

I also liked how both podcasts discussed that there's not one way to "do" Advent or Christmas. It's important for me to remind myself that just because something sounds great, that doesn't mean it's right for me or for my family. Doing all the things hasn't been fruitful for me, and yet I keep trying it and failing. So I'm going to try to let myself off the hook this year and try to be a little more chill about the things. Chill is not easy for me, so wish me luck!

If you only have time for one of the above episodes, I'd say The Art of Simple, for what it's worth. I've major doubt that anything I recommend gets clicked on, so do with that what you will.

We started all the advent things today, so only 6 days late. Boom.
Names of Jesus activity from Do Small Things With Love
CCC movie for today's saint, St. Francis Xavier WITH popcorn. Yup.
Advent countown book from #3's Godparents. 
As soon as I hit publish I'm going to go buy some of Robin's soap. Frankincense and Myrrh, I think. I can vouch for her soaps; I've been so happy with them when I've ordered in the past. Get thee to Etsy! 


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