Did you know its new years eve? The liturgical year ends this week as we prepare for the First Sunday of Advent. The hymns for Christ the King Sunday are some of my favorites, especially “Crown Him With Many Crowns” and “To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King.” The choir even sang the Byrd “Ave Verum” at Communion, which was a special treat. The one thing I missed was the “O Rex Gloriae” motet, a postlude staple at Christendom. The Mass felt incomplete without it. (Kidding. But it is sung after almost every Mass at Christendom and I miss hearing it.)
The girls were excited to start wearing their special Christmas dresses today, and I just love how beautiful Grace looks! The other girls were napping but they looked so cute too 😉 Although Advent doesn’t start for another week, we unpacked decorations today and its nice to feel like we have a “head start.”
Yesterday, we strolled downtown and enjoyed the window displays and Christmas decorations. This was a light store; it was very bright and glittery, and they were selling stunningly ornate Santas and other Christmas decorations, which all sparkled and glittered. Amazing. The kids (ok, all of us) also love the shop with the five cat residents 🙂
I also completed most of my Christmas shopping online this weekend, which is a wonderful feeling, and I’ll be sending out my Christmas cards this week! Advent and Christmas are my favorite time of year, but first we’ll be celebrating Grace’s sixth birthday on Tuesday! Stay tuned for her special birthday post!
Happy I remembered to get a picture today, so I could link up with Rosie on this beautiful solemnity.