Advent Corner - Middle of week 2

The second week of Advent is here, and I know many of us, myself included, are decorating homes with trees, either (or both!) live and fake, candles, lights, and in my case: the Porcelain House Collection. There is tension every year over whether to be slow and methodical, putting up a piece here, a display there, in the hopes that it will all be done by Christmas, or instead put everything up in a marathon session. This includes getting the tree, lighting it and decorating it all in a day, plus wreathes, garlands, and all other "bedecking" of the hall.

So much for the time of peaceful anticipation!

For many reasons, both theological and personal preference, I find myself continually landing on the side of "slow and methodical" decorating. So, my porcelain houses are out, but the people are not yet populating the village. My tree is inside, and now has lights, but the ornaments are not on it. I know that I will do these tasks sometime before Christmas. The ornaments may even be hung after our Christmas Eve service! 

This week, I would like to share with you AdventSong, the music is at the bottom of this post:
1.
From the forest bring the boughs,
Of fir and spruce and pine!
Bring them home, bedeck the house,
For now it's Advent-time!
Bring the boughs, bring the boughs,
For now it's Advent-time.

2.
On the hearth a fire lay
Of oak and yew and pine,
Drive the winterchill away,
For now it's Advent-time!
Bring the boughs, bring the boughs,
For now it's Advent-time.

3.
Tune the fiddle and the flute,
Oh! Let the music chime!
Sing we all, let none be mute,
For now it's Advent-time!
Bring the boughs, bring the boughs,
For now it's Advent-time.

4
Light the candles one by one,
Count off the days in rhyme.
Ev'ry day a task well done,
For now it's Advent-time!
Bring the boughs, bring the boughs,
For now it's Advent-time.


Peace be with you, and may you have a meaningful Advent.
~Pastor Andrea

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