The last couple years we have been assembling a puzzle (or two!) each Advent. In 2010 we assembled the Our Lady of Guadalupe Puzzle. Last year the kids loved The Nativity in the Woods Puzzle, followed by the gorgeous Holy Family Jigsaw Puzzle and the They Come Bearing Gifts Puzzle for Epiphany. For this year I considered the Peaceful Prince Jigsaw Puzzle and this O Star of Bethlehem Snow Globe Puzzle, but in the end I settled on this beautiful Glorious Nativity 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle. (I'm also planning on ordering this one for one of this year's O Antiphon Gifts, but more on that later!)
We always set up a card table to use for assembling our Advent/Christmas Puzzles. This year I purchased a beautiful Silent Night Table Cover to place over the card table. (For those of you that don't have a second table option for puzzles, this Stow & Go might be a good solution.)
I have our Advent Prepare and Rejoice Mantel letters ready to go, and this year I will also be covering our mantel with this lovely Silent Night Mantle Scarf! (It is also available from Catholic Embroidery.)
I always spend lots of time in the kitchen, especially during Advent and Christmas. This year I ordered the lovely Venite Adoremus (O Come Let Us Adore Him) Apron made by Catholic Embroidery... I actually offer it for sale over at Catholic Cuisine or you can enter a giveaway for one over at Catholic Embroidery's Blog!
Our He's Coming! The Importance of Advent CD by the Altar Gang isn't new, we've owned it since it came out 5 years ago, but it hasn't been pulled off the shelf in quite some time. I think my younger children, especially, are going to love listening to it! Here are links to the MP3 download and CD, or you can purchase them from Holy Heroes.
How are your Advent plans coming along? I'd love to hear about them in the comments!