SDG here to thank everyone who commented on my earlier "Advent, Pre-16 and The Nativity Story" thread.
The discussion (still ongoing!) on The Nativity Story has been particularly interesting — but I don't want the subject of Advent and Christmas to get lost either. (That's what I get for cramming too much subject matter into one post… a symptom of posting as infrequently as I do.)
Some readers did comment on practices and customs in their homes (and thank you to those who did!), but I'm hoping there's more Adventy goodness out there in JA.org reader-land.
What goes on in your home during the weeks of Advent? Do you an Advent wreath? Do you set up a creche? Decorate your house? How and when?
What, if anything, do you do to keep Advent different from Christmas? If you have kids, how do you involve them?
I know one common custom with creches is to set up the whole creche except for the Christ child at the center, and then to place the Christ child in the creche on Christmas eve.
I've also heard of a custom involving the Magi figures, in which they are originally placed somewhere at a significant distance from the creche, and are periodically moved closer to the creche, and finally arrive on Christmas eve. Anyone do anything like that?
Do you listen to music during Advent? During Christmas? What are your favorite CDs (or MP3s or whatever)?
Please share your thoughts in the combox!