O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel
This is one of my favorite hymns during Advent. It is a bit haunting and a bit sad. The emotions of Advent sort of run the gamut -- there is excitement in the anticipation of the birth of the baby Jesus and there is sadness knowing that Lent is just a few months away. Of course, we all know the ending is a happy one but there is joy and sorrow all along the way.
The quiet time of Advent gives us time to reflect on the season, what is to come and what it all means to us. It is a bit overwhelming, in a way.
But, Advent doesn't have to be all quiet and thoughtful. There can be fun times as well. And a bit of silliness.
Here is a good example of that silliness.
|ok, a little dark but there IS an antler there|
|Randolph the red nosed Subaru|
|my own reincar housed in my reincar stable||!|
I had promised the Bean a couple of years ago that I would transform our car into some seasonal creature -- if I could find the pieces. Well, much to my husband's chagrin, I found the pieces so here we are. We are a big hit in the school pick up line!