The first Sunday of Advent and Mary and Joseph have started their long journey to the stable, following the stars. We've used this Nativity scene every year since my eldest was a baby. It's so lovely getting the box out and being reunited with all the figures. Invariably there is a new star or two to be made every year as they become aged and ragged with time. There are so many memories associated with the scene, the stories we have told every year and the delight of the children's faces as each day we move our Holy couple along their way and that days star is put into the sky.
We also enjoy our family tradition of the Advent String, a new parcel to open each day, beginning on Advent Sunday. This years string is ready and waiting with lots of lovely surprises, some old, some new. A little gift to make us smile every day as we move towards Christmas