|Making our Christ candle. Very simple rub-ons that I picked up at Michael's at last year's post Christmas sale.|
Inspired by Jessica's post from last year, I created an O'Antiphon's house of our own. She so very sweetly shared the document she used for her house and I was well on my way :)
Some purple spray paint left from Lent, some gold from Easter and a trip to Michael's and I was all set. They didn't have any blocks in the size I needed, so we got one large block and hubby cut them down to size for me.
Also inspired by Jessica, we celebrated the O'Antiphon days with their own special activity. Each day was a hit and the kids were so excited about the next day. This is definitely a tradition that we'll be keeping around here!
December 17th ~ O Wisdom ~ We gave the kids each a book. Unfortunately I wasn't fast enough to catch them...but they got books about Epiphany
December 18th~O Adonai~ Gingerbread house kit! The boys and their daddy had a blast putting it together. I think they did a rather nice job for their first time :)
December 19th~O Root of Jesse~ I had planned on making a stew or soup of some kind including root veggies, but I ran out of time. So I settled with reading The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola. BTW...did you hear his good news??? Another good idea would be these cupcakes.
December 20th ~ O Key of David ~ Key lime pie, of course! I think I may need to find something else because the boys weren't too into this pie. :(
December 21st ~ O Dayspring ~ We went for a Christmas light drive. Other ideas.
December 22nd ~ O King ~ the plan was to make crowns or crown shaped sugar cookies. Notice I said "the plan"...
December 23rd ~ O Emmanuel ~ We didn't really do anything for this. But I'm in love with this chocolate Nativity set Jessica made. Of course she has other wonderful ideas to go along with O Antiphons too :)
Of course we had our Advent wreath, Jesse Tree, and other countdown calendars as well as our Nativity set. (I see that I neglected to post pictures of the completed donkey...)
When we rearranged the house we neglected to leave space for the Christmas tree :( So we searched and procrastinated. Finally we decided to put it in the corner of the dining area. You can see a bit of it in the picture above. There was no room for the angel though, so she resided on top of one of the bookcases looking over the whole room.