Preparing for the celebration, shopping for gifts, stressing to make sure everything is ready should not take precedence over our spiritual preparation. Getting ready to celebrate our savior’s birth should be our priority and we must never forget our guest of honor.

One of my favorite Advent rituals is the Advent wreath.

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This year we were able to see an exhibit of Nativities from around the world at the Franciscan Monastery.

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I was surprised to see one from Cuba.

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We are blessed to live so close to The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It is a wonderful place at this time of the year. We attended the Blessing of the Bambinelli and had the Baby Jesus from my 46 year old Nativity blessed.

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Pictures from the Shrine as they get ready for Christmas:

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