Sunday, November 23, 2008

Preparing for Advent

Our family has just started our advent preparations and this year I decided to make our family altar the main area. The thing that catches your eye the most is the big material nativity scene, when we turn on the light at night which is directly behind the material, it lights up and creates a lovely ambiance.
It is quite a big, long area, so here is the matching shot on the other side.. I had bought some lovely pieces of christmas material on ebay, to line the wall behind the altar and the altar itself, it all fitted perfectly which was just great!
Under our altar I cleaned an area to put all our advent/christmas books, so they are nicely together.
Fling Wide the Doors: And Advent and Christmastime Calendar from LTP (Liturgy Training Publications) the same company that produces the Liturgical Calendar Wheel. The Fling Wide the Doors is on special at present at LTP, $5US when it usually sells for $15US. It joins together to create a triangle, so a light can be placed in the center, when you open a window the image is on fine paper so the light can shine through, giving a stained glass effect. There is a lovely big booklet that goes with it. We are looking forward to this!
Our family bible is ready, we use it often for the biblical quotes given each day connected to the Jesse Tree book I have.
I few months back I bought this beautiful statue of St Nicholas from St Pauls, this is made by Roman Inc (the statue is on this webpage)
Once again I have our wooden box nativity scene...
Christian Supplies sold this nativity scene and with it comes all the stickers, one goes up each day until the scene is complete.
I am so happy to have this beautiful statue...The Prince of Peace
It is such a beautiful work of art, the halo is magnificent and we all look forward to making our daily sacrifices to make the crib warm for the Child Jesus on Christmas Eve.

15 comments:

Leticia said...

What a wonderful family altar, and a great idea to center your preparations for Advent there.

Purpleflowerpatch said...

Oh how I wish we had little ones in the house again! This is so inviting, Anne.

Ruth said...

This is so lovely, Anne!

Alice Gunther said...

Gorgeous, as always.

Melanie said...

Your family altar looks absolutely wonderful! Very inviting, and what a wonderful start for the season. Thank you for sharing it!

Nikki said...

What a beautiful family altar. Thank you for the link to the Fling Wide the Doors. I ordered one and decided to throw in the Lenten Noah's Ark. It was on sale too. We are looking forward to it coming soon.

Marilyn said...

Absolutely beautiful Anne! I wish I could come visit.

Lillian said...

How beautiful! I really like your idea of gathering all your Advent books and things in one location! I'm going to have to "borrow" your idea!!

Again, what a lovely Advent area!!

Mary Ellen Barrett said...

This is so well done and so beautifully photographed. I linked it at O Night Divine. I also bought the calendar! Thanks for sharing all the lovely ideas.

molly said...

This is stunning! What an inspiration. I am off to order the Fling open the door, can't beat that price.

Chari said...

Love it, Anne! We keep our Advent and Christmas books under our altar, too. Is that a Douay-Rheims Bible? It looks like ours.

Love,
Chari

Anne (aussieannie) said...

Yes, it's the Douay-Rheims Bible, we like the accuracy of it, even with the 'thee's and thou's'!

Anne (aussieannie) said...

Thank you Mary Ellen, that is very kind!

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle said...

Simply BEAUTIFUL!!

God bless!
Hugs,

Donna-Marie

Renee said...

Anne, your family altar is beautiful!! I shared this blog writing with my four older daughters (two are daughter in laws) and all said it looks "just perfect", a place for the Advent books and all. Congratulations, you have successfully inspired five households here. We all agreed a visit to your home is in due order. Maybe I'll have to give my brother in Canberra a call....smile, God Bless!