Monday, November 17

Preparing for Nativity...

The faithful of the Orthodox Church are embarking on the Nativity Fast on November 15th.  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: Nutcracker Storyhour
November 23: Plant bulbs outside (daffodils and tulips)
November 24: Plan Christmas Card
November 25: Plan Christmas Menu
November 26: Plan Christmas Outfits
November 27: Thanksgiving Day 

November 28:  Hang snowflake decorations from dining room chandelier
November 29: Participate in Gift Giving for those Less Fortunate
November 30: Begin Listening to the Messiah
December 1: Put out the Nativity Books
December 2:  Cut Paper Snowflakes for Windows
December 3:  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

December 4: Little Man's Namesday and Peter Pan on ABC
December 5:  The Nutcracker
December 6: Saint Nicholas Day
December 7:  Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival
December 8: Begin Listening to Christmas music
December 9: Decorate the mantle
December 10: Create a Gingerbread House
December 11: Visit Frozen Ice Palace
December 12: Little Man's Birthday
December 13: Saint Lucia and Saint Herman
December 14: Living Nativity
December 15: Hang winter wreath on front door
December 16: Hang stockings
December 17: Watch The Christmas Miracle of Johnathon Toomey/Put Out Nativity Scene
December 18: Wrap presents
December 19: Purchase a new Christmas book for our family collection

December 20: Ice skating
December 21: Bring home the Christmas tree and decorate it
December 22: Messiah Sing Along
December 23: Grocery Shopping for Christmas Day
December 24: Prepare Food for Feasting


elizabeth said...

love your list!!!

Matushka Monica said...

We love Jonathan Toomey!

Jane G Meyer said...

Best list ever! Would you adopt me for the next 40 days? Pretty please???

MamaBirdEmma said...

Of course, Jane! When does your plane arrive? ;-)

the habit of being said...

what a great list! it inspires me to make one of my own :)

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