I did not grow up with Advent. i "discovered" it one year at a Christian bookstore when i was looking for a way to cope with Christmas after a close relative had done something that ruined the Christmas spirit for our extended family. That year i learned when participating in Advent, you spend the time before December 25 solemnly waiting and preparing for the celebration of Christ's birth. My focus was changed from a person (with faults) to the Person of Jesus (faultless). i fasted. i cried. i focused. i forgave. That year we set up a nativity and added each figure - saving baby Jesus until Christmas morn. We didn't buy a live tree until December 24 and then celebrated into January. It ended up being the most spiritual and fulfilling Christmas i could have imagined. It saved my sanity. Has anyone been there?
Wouldn't this Etsy knitted hat would be so warm as you choose a live tree on Christmas Eve?