Monday, 3 December 2007

Advent Party At The House In The Woods

Over at Britt-Arnhild's House In The Woods, there was an Advent party on Saturday. The party was an invitation to all who wanted to let Advent be what it was meant to be ~ not Christmas in advance; but a period of waiting and preparation for the holiday to come. This banner was designed for Britt by Phyllis.

Britt opened her door to all who wished to join her and lit Advent candles to welcome us. Invitation required a word about how we would change the world to make it a better place this Advent and the hostess gift a Christmas book suggestion.

Whilst I did not manage to visit in person on the day; I did pop along to leave a book suggestion in advance. My suggestion was Heaven Scent by Julia Lawless. This book is a wonderfully festive collection of craft ideas that are intended to encourage creativity and imagination and to restore the true spirit of Christmas gifts. Unfortunately, I believe that this book is now out of print; though I was fortunate enough to locate a copy last year via abebooks. I had a quick look on their website this evening and it is still possible to find copies available.

I wish that I could claim that I have had time this year to make a collection of gifts inspired by this book, but I am sad to say that I have not. What I am doing is trying to avoid the commercialism of Christmas and to concentrate on what is important ~ spending time with family and friends. I hope that you will join me.


Britt-Arnhild said...

I am tempted to take a closer look at this book Marie :-)

Tracy said...

I missed Britt-Arnhild's party on the day too...but fun all the same to pop by and see her lovely postings! This J. Lawless book sounds great. I have book of her's on aromatherapy I've used a lot. I like your idea of making a collection of gifts based on a book, idea or theme...Something to think about for next year! Happy Day ((HUGS))

Heidi said...

Don't you love inspiring books! I agree that the holidays are about the people in our lives. I don't work outside the home and express kindness to others through the things I make for them. I find it a great way to say I care. I also feel so blessed that I can take the time in my life for this.

How are things going for you with your business and the holiday season? Hopefully you are not too busy to stop and relax with a book.

~~ Heidi ~~