An Argument for Santa: #2 He’s Based on Saint Nicholas

Yesterday I started a short series examining the arguments I frequently hear when I tell someone that we don’t do Santa, beginning with the biggest one, “Because it’s FUN.” Today I’m continuing with the second biggest reason I’m given: Reason #2: Santa Claus is based on Saint Nicholas. Ever. So. Loosely. I’ve written about how Saint Nicholas became Santa Claus before. The short story is that legend of the Turkish priest spread throughout Europe, which was brought to America by the Vikings, and the Dutch and Spanish settlers. Since then, the printing press and the television have given us “Santa

Celebrating Advent 2011 ~ DIY Advent Candles & Calendar

What do candle votives, a metal tray, a can of blue spray paint, some clothes pins and a permanent marker have in common? Advent! Well, it does at MY house. ; ) Every year we create our own little set up for an Advent candle wreath and calendar. This year I thought about actually buying an Advent Candle wreath or candelabra. And I almost did… until I thought about a little votive set that my mother in law recently gave to me. It came with four votives on a bronze colored metal tray with some decorative gravel. It occurred to

Celebrating Advent 2011

And so Advent begins!! We will definitely, as in previous years, be celebrating Advent at our house. And I will be, as in previous years, blogging about it as much as possible. Last year we really went for a simplified approach for several reasons. This year I hope to bring back a few traditions from seasons past. I’ve got several things planned, but I thought I’d start this year off with some links to posts from Advents gone before. If you’ve never read any of my Advent posts,  if you’re wondering what this is all about, or what Advent is..


Jesus. Babe. Redeemer. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. ~Galatians 4:4-7 Long-awaited Messiah. Sacrificial lamb. Deliverer. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of

Advent-ure 2010: My “Faux Mantel”

I thought this year would be different. I thought this year, I would have a fireplace, and a mantel for stockings and a focal point for our nativity or Advent wreath. Alas,.. I do not. = ( But what I do have, which might actually be bigger than most mantels, is my piano! = ) Each year I move my everyday piano decor aside and completely deck out the top of the piano. It’s a good place to put a nativity scene or advent candle wreath – or both! Oh, this makes me smile! In keeping with the color scheme

Advent-ure 2010: Christmas Centerpiece

You know what is awesome about building your Christmas decor collection slowly year after year? Eventually you have enough stuff to work with and switch it up and make things different and interesting! ; ) This is the first year that I really feel like I have Christmas decorations in more than just our living room. Last year I had a *little* elsewhere, but not really. I don’t ever want to make Christmas more about the decorations and lights than it needs to be, those things have their place and I need them to stay there. But decorations so help