*Put up the Christmas tree (will cut it and set it up this weekend, decorate it closer to Christmas)

*Christmas shopping–haven’t been in a store to purchase a single gift…

*Baking–guess I have a few more days for this one!

*Finish knitting–I’m still working on a birthday present!

*Interior/exterior decorating–we have our mantle decked for the “creche” and the Advent wreath, but no other decorations.

*Christmas Day menu–will work on that this week.

*Laundry (particularly blankets to give to Fr. L for the homeless)–I’m still trying to catch up since the “snow days!”

Am I stressed? A little…trying to keep my focus on that empty space in the center of the Advent Wreath. I’m trying to be that empty space, clean out the clutter inside. It’s not always easy, but I am hopeful, trusting that our dear Lord will help me out with this one.

What I have done:

*Attended Mass Saturday, Sunday and Monday–it’s been quite a while since I’ve been able to get in more than one Mass per week…

*Watched two great “oldies”–It’s A Wonderful Life (for the hundred-eleventy-seventh time) and The Scarlet Pimpernel (the really old one with Leslie Howard)

*Had dinner with good friends…

*Thanked God (repeatedly) for the answer to a prayer…

*Nearly finished St. Lucy’s Crown (where on earth did I put the white felt?!)–pictures later!

I hope you are being “blessed and not stressed” during the “big wait.” May God continue to lift you up, my friends. May you maintain hope and good cheer!