Thursday, November 15

Preparing for Nativity...

The faithful of the Orthodox Church are embarking on the Nativity Fast today.  Though we try to keep our Christmas celebrations to a minimum prior to December 25th, we do some exciting things to prepare and enjoy this special time as well.  Here are some of our plans for the next forty days.  

November 15: Plant Paperwhites
November 16: Clean Out the Refrigerator and Grocery Shop for Lenten Foods
November 17: Start Writing Out Christmas Lists
November 18: Go Through Books to Give Away
November 19: Go Through Toys to Give Away
November 20: Donate Money and/or Canned Goods to the Food Pantry for Thanksgiving
November 21: Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God
November 22: Thanksgiving Day

November 23: Make Beeswax Ornaments
November 24: Plan Christmas Card
November 25: Plan Christmas Menu
November 26: Plan Christmas Outfits
November 27: Participate in Gift Giving for those Less Fortunate
November 29: Research Different Christmas Activities in the Area
November 30: Begin Listening to the Messiah
December 1: Put out the Nativity Books
December 2: 
The Nutcracker
December 3: Purchase This Year's Ornament Frame
December 4: Little Man's Namesday
December 5: Bake Saint Nicholas Cookies and get Golden Chocolate Coins ready for the Shoes
December 6: Saint Nicholas Day & Christmas Parade
December 7: Begin Listening to Christmas Music
December 8: Horse and Carriage Ride and Watch a Blacksmith at Work

December 9: Hang winter wreath on front door 
December 10: Gingerbread House Party at the local bookstore
December 11: Hang snowflake decorations from dining room chandelier
December 12: Little Man's Birthday
December 13: Saint Lucia and Saint Herman
December 14: Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival
December 15: Decorate the Mantle and Hang Stockings
December 16: Living Nativity
December 17: Watch The Christmas Miracle of Johnathon Toomey/Put Out Nativity Scene
December 18: Hang Garland Around Front Door
December 19: Purchase a new Christmas book for our family collection

 December 20: Cut Paper Snowflakes for Windows
December 21: Put out Christmas and Winter Decorations
December 22: Bring home the Christmas tree and decorate it
December 23: Christmas Wrapping
December 24: Prepare Food for Parish Feast After Midnight Liturgy


priest's wife - S.T./ Anne Boyd said...

I love starting the nativity fast 'early'- i feel like it helps us slowly get prepared for His birth

MA F said...

I was just sitting here, going over my own gave me a few new ideas :)

I like how you have most of the planning/prep done early...then the fun family stuff.

We did our big house scrub down today, I'm hoping the clean lasts until Thanksgiving but Im not holding my breath!

Dianna said...

Thank you for sharing your list. It is beautiful. I would love to learn more about the nativity fast.

Apseed said...

It's so wonderful to read your blog! Thank you for inspiration!

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