I’m back in black, and purple, for this weeks What I Wore Sunday Link Up hosted by the ladies at Fine Linen and Purple.
Welcome to Advent! WOOT! It’s all about the anticipation baby! We’re ringing in the new liturgical year with modest style and a whole lotta solemn preparation for the birth of our Lord and Savior. I know it’s easy to get carried away, but try to save it for the 25th.
Skirt: calf length, lined, dark purple skirt with beading detail from Burlington Coat Factory.
Shirt: (well hidden) Light purple, cap sleeved blouse, also from Burlington.
Ratty shaw that I just tossed on as an afterthought because “Oh, it’s supposed to be mild today, I’ll just wear this until it warms up,” was a thrift find. As you can guess from the picture, “mild” in December still means too cold to bare your arms.
Same old boots. *yawn*
After Mass there was a St. Nicholas potluck in the church hall, complete with a visit from Myra’s homeboy and chocolate coins for all. Thankfully, ratty black shaws hide messy fingerprints quite well.
Advent at our house is low-key, focusing on nightly prayers around the wreath, a few special feast days and finally decorating the tree and house for Christmas on Gaudete Sunday. Tony likes to keep the Christmas lights off until Christmas Eve, but I’ll admit to sometimes sabotaging his efforts. We take the tree down when it’s dead (usually within a week of Epiphany because we’re not good at watering it) but most of the decor stays up until Candlemas.
It can be hard to block out a society that observes Christmas on a different timetable, but for us the calm of Advent makes Christmas day, and the entire Christmas season, more enjoyable. Plus, we can continue to celebrate Christmas long after others have tired off it because we haven’t heard Bing Crosby croon ‘White Christmas’ a million times before December 23 or stuffed our faces with sweets and eggnog from the first of the month onwards.
Today I was also inspired by our priest’s homily to offer some extra prayers and sacrifices this Advent for the conversion, or return to the faith, of a specific person. “What a great gift to present to our Lord on His birthday,” he remarked. It was one of those “Wow, why didn’t I ever think of that before,” moments.
While I don’t expect as much of myself during Advent as during Lent, I’ve set some spiritual and personal goals I hope I can stick with. The motivation of offering it all towards the spiritual well-being of a special individual might just be the kick in the butt I need to persevere.
However, I am just a bit concerned because this evening the kids mentioned a strong desire to redo all the Jesse tree ornaments themselves. It can only mean Satan is already conspiring against my spiritual goals. Heaven help me if glitter is involved.
If you’re sure the sin of envy won’t stain your soul this Advent, be sure to check out all the other linky ladies at Fine Linen and Purple. I know I’m willing to risk it.