I am hosting a Carol Sing at my house tomorrow night at 5 pm (in case you actually know where that is) to celebrate the beginning of Advent. Come on down. We'll be using the Friends' Hymnal and Songs of the Spirit, most likely.
Hub and I moved the piano from the dining room into the living room and since we did, I have been playing much, much more. The piano gives the living room more purpose now, I think.
So bring your instruments and your voices and some snacky thing and join in. And if you are far away, or don't know where I live (something I don't actually share on this blog), just sing your favorite carol at 6 pm EST on December 1st. I'll hear you in my soul.
On the subject of Advent, I just purchased a boatload of digital Advent calendars from JacquieLawson.com.
Jacquie and her pals offer some lovely greeting cards for all seasons for a yearly subscription fee. Their Advent calendars are delightful. (Some tech snobs might criticize the animation. Bah Humbug to them!) So check them out. I wish I could share the calendar with you.
If you don't want to spend any money, I found some sites that will send you to FREE Advent online Advent calendars. One site sends you to Jan Brett's totally awesome print out, full color, Advent calendar. But it is such a nice calendar and Jan Brett is such a wonderful illustrator here is the link to her site.
Check out these websites for links to many other Advent calendars. I haven't checked all the links so I hope they are all active.
From Dec. 2009, Make Use Of's blog lists 10 Free Advent calendars. The ones I checked still work.
Nature Detectives has a 2012 list of downloadable Advent activities.
Check out Activity Village's Advent calendar for this year.
This ThriftyFun list is from 2004 but most of the links still work.
Happy Waiting everyone!