Sunday, December 6, 2009

Best Shot Monday: Advent

Try explaining the real meaning of Christmas to a 3 1/2 year old, it's a daunting task. We have been reading a Precious Moment book about the first Christmas and he thinks all the Character in the book look like babies. I always ask him, "What did the Angel Gabriel tell Mary she was going to have?", he say..."a party." He cracks me up.

Tonight we finally got to work on our Advent calendar and light the candles on the wreath. This too was difficult for him to grasp. First he made me light all the candle, then he made me sing Happy Birthday to him, after he blew out the candles he insisted on cake. I was fresh out so he did settle for ice cream.

I know he does not fully get it but I do think he understand that Christmas is a celebration and he is really excited. I hope that I can at least instill the real meaning of Christmas so that he doesn't think it all presents all about him.

The best part about all this is the fun I am having teaching him. One day when I put him down for nap, he told me he had to say his pray. Then he did the sign of the cross and said his short pray with a resounding Amen. I can truly say, I taught him that and it made me beam from the inside out.

This is my favorite and the one I am calling my Best Shot:


This is the ice cream he settled for and Nicolo was more than happy to join him:


This is our Advent calendar, it Saint Nicholas and we put a cotton ball on his beard each day leading up to Christmas (another awesome idea from my Mother!):


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12 comments:

  1. Love the simplicity of that advent. What a great idea. And great choice for best shot. The light shining on his sweet cheeks is so nice.

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  2. that shot of him with the candle is so evocative. one of my favorite xmas books is called "santa's favorite story" by hisako aoki. it has santa explain the true significance of xmas by telling the animals about christ's birth. it's a great way to get kids to see how santa fits in the larger more important reason for the holiday.

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  3. Oooo. LOVE the best shot! :)

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  4. Such a sweet shot! I love the decorations in the back and his holiday sweater, so cute!

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  5. I love the mood of your best shot...and you just reminded me to get out my advent calendar.

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  6. The advent idea is fantastic - your mother rocks! And the boys can't be any sweeter. Loved the child perspective of a birthday, because it is the reason for the season after all!

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  7. I do love that first shot so much. I love the soft light on him. Always remember him that way!

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  8. You always take the most amazing photos.

    We are constantly reminding the Children that although Santa is cool, Jesus is the reason we celebrate. It is tough in this commercial world.

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  9. This is such a lovely post, Cara, and his simple faith is beautiful! LOVE your best shot, too.

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  10. That first shot is AMAZING! You are so talented (and have such adorable boys)!

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  11. I love the glow on his face and his expression is so cute.

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  12. Birthday? where cake mom! LOL! They dont miss a beat! Great capturing the glowy candle light and your son's curious expression, priceless!

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