And Christmas Begins...

This weekend we took a trip to a local tree farm to cut our own Christmas tree. It was a beautiful day -- warmish and sunny. We walked through the rows of trees, Silas brushing his outstretched fingers against the boughs, comparing the soft needles to the prickly ones.

It was not long at all before he had chosen one. 

A quick bit of play on the train before heading home to a (much needed) nap.

This is the first year that we are celebrating Advent. We're incorporating the Waldorf tradition of the four kingdoms and using it as an opportunity to focus on unity and an inward journey of seeking light in this season of long darkness.

"The first light of Advent is the light of stones. Stones that live in crystals, seashells, and within our bones."

We're also having a wee visitor every day. I picked up a copy of The Tomten and the Fox from the thrift store and Silas absolutely adores it. So, our own little Tomten will be visiting us each day to suggest an activity of kindness and giving for us to share.


  1. How fun! We love the Tomten books here. Our little Advent gnome has been visiting and bringing a smile to my little mans face :)

  2. I love the start of your Christmas festivities. We have an advent wreath too but we celebrate grace, hope, joy, and faith. I've never heard of Tomten... I'll have to check it out!

    Wishing you a lovely week.

  3. Love the new traditions you are incorporating. This is a wonderful time of year!

  4. The Tomten is new to me, but he looks pretty darn cute! My little babe will enjoy touching the tree needles also - perhaps too much this year! Not sure where a tree is going to go in the house.

  5. Love that little gnome. We have something similar only it's what I call a candle path. Since solstice is our main focus and not christmas we only have 21 candles. But every night we light a new candle until all of them are lit on solstice. I've been wanting to get the Tomten book but our library doesn't have it. What a great thrift store find.