Sunday, November 27, 2011

The first Advent


It's the first advent today and we lighted the first candle when we had breakfast.  We were visiting my parents and my mother has chosen this kind of candle arrangement this year. If you're not familiar to this tradition I can tell you that we only light the first candle this week and next Sunday we light two of them.  I found an english page on Wikipedia that explains more. I had decided to have a lichen in my  advent candlestick as I wrote before. But there's only a special kind of lichen that will do. I've told you before about my passion for mosses and lichen so I know where I could find it. But usually we have to get it in October or November, before the snow covers it all, which is a problem for a person like me who don't plan everything so well all the time.....  But this year isn't like the others! Now you think that I have transformed to a mature and well planed person. 


But no, I haven't! It's just that we don't have any snow yet, so my oldest daughter and my two nieces climbed this mountain today and found what we were looking for. We also had a wonderful time out in the nature taking many photos....


but it isn't always easy to hold the camera at the same time as you take the shot when you're five. Back  home tonight I went down in our basement and looked for the boxes with all Christmas decorations. Finally I found the red pot and the small fly agarics! We call this lichen "window lichen".  


Have a great week!

6 comments:

Ms. Becky said...

I truly enjoy reading about your holiday traditions Ella. It's so wonderful to learn how different cultures celebrate the holy season. I'm very happy that you found the lichen you needed for your advent candlestick! it's beautiful and I've never before seen anything like it. happy week to you Ella.

JMW said...

It's hard to believe Advent has arrived. Where did the year go? I like your Advent display - very pretty. :)

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Ella...your arrangement is enchanting! We do advent here as well and the kids look forward to the lighting of the candles each week! Your centerpiece is just so cheerful! The lichen is perfect! So glad the weather held off so you could get it!

Kamana said...

so much tradition around your holidays! love that you celebrate them.

patty said...

Ella, this is lovely. I love that you actually go out into nature to find the perfect lichen. It makes it so much more meaningful than buying it at the store! Holiday cheer to you and your family!!

Nelle Somerville said...

Ella, that moss is perfect. The mushrooms are so cute and the pot ties it all together. Beautiful. Happy Advent season to you.