Making a Convivial Home: Advent Liturgies
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For 2013 I joined the growing online meme and picked a one-word theme for the year: Habits. I wanted to focus on “getting back on my game” after having a baby last November, and actually having a single focus when I got the bug for “turning over a fresh leaf” throughout the year was helpful (I think it happened when I had two nights in a row with 6 hours of consecutive sleep, but then someone would start waking up … Read More

Simply Contemplate: Party Like a Puritan
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This year for our after-dinner family Advent devotions we are using Doug Wilson’s new book, God Rest Ye Merry. There are four sections, the last of which are for family readings, and I finished reading the opening three sections last week. Wilson was definitely recycling content in this book, but unlike others where he has done that, this one read well and wasn’t choppy. Celebrate the season like a Puritan! Puritans are a byword for killjoys and prudes, but that … Read More

Advent Term Plans 2013
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Advent begins December 1st this year, and I want to be ready. Last year, I was still recovering from an unexpected C-section, and so my notes consist of two-year-old jottings and last year’s half-baked and undone ideas. During the month of December, I plan to ease off our normal schedule, do more fun things, do more free reading and free playing, bundle up against the cold and the gray, and drink more hot chocolate. Of course, my goal is to … Read More