advent, part i


1. Do a random act of kindness

This was way more exciting than I expected. I felt so sneaky!

I also let J slide on a few November chores. That counts too, right?

2. Put up the Christmas decorations

We didn't really do mistletoe while I was growing up...it's now my favorite Christmas decoration!

In the kitchen this year to keep Maus from tipping it over...

In the midst of end-of-semester stress, J and I put on some Christmas music and decorated our Charlie Brown Christmas tree. I crocheted. He read. We snuggled. It was nice.

3. Visit a Christkindlmarkt Take a winter walk

We had to have a sense of humor about this one. I found a German Christkindlmarkt run by a little German school in our neighborhood (I know...coolest thing ever.). But when we got there, it felt more like a PTA meeting with bratwurst. We awkwardly wandered away and counted it as a lovely winter walk. If anyone has suggestions for outdoor winter market, or seasonal grocery stores, I would love to visit some cozy Boston locales!

4. Watch a Christmas Thanksgiving movie

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

I just can't resist John Candy for a little heartwarming. We'll be revisiting this activity though. J has never seen  Love Actually or Home Alone 2, so we have some watching to do...

5. Snuggle with Maus

Ok, we do this a lot anyway. But Maus has been a needy little lady since we abandoned her during Thanksgiving (ha). So I wanted to devote some focused time to snuggling and kitty loving.

Unfortunately, she was too full of energy for snuggling. So we did one of her other favorite activities instead...

We also celebrated St. Nicholas Day this morning...gift ideas galore!

What have you done to celebrate the season so far?

P.S. I can't believe it's already two holidays ago, but as promised, you can now find a picture of our Halloween costumes at the end of this post.


  1. Wow, you've really done all those things - that's super. Um..I need to get started....

  2. This is so cool - I'm still smiling from reading this post ;)
    I love the change in the washer, your decorations are so sweet, John Candy..... (I never saw planes trains and automobiles - need to see that one ;)
    And lots of snuggling
    and your crazy halloween photo!


  3. Looks like you are off to a great start!

  4. clair, you're my favorite. and i NEED to know where you got those gnome sticky notes! i am a self-proclaimed gnome collector and my sanity depends on having notecards like yours.

  5. Mackenzie, visit this seller on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/sch/sellzzang/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=25&_trksid=p3686

    The notes came with a planner I ordered (also adorable). I can't figure out which one I got, but I'm already swooning over more stuff!

    Happy advent to all!


Thanks for making me smile. =)