At the party, we read Tomie de Paola's "The Three Wise Kings," and then each of the kids decorated a crown. Well, in some cases, the moms made the crown for the kid (notice my fine handiwork on Patrick's crown above). It was a fun time.
I have to say that when you keep your Advent and Christmas basically separate, Christmas seems to go by way too quickly. Especially when the rest of the world has stopped celebrating.
Following our pastor's lead (and, I guess, European custom), I'm letting the girls keep playing with their Nativity set until the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on 2 February.