Today we cleaned thoroughly and pulled down all our fall lights, projects and decorations and set them away until next year.
We left our porch decorations up until after thanksgiving but otherwise the house feels still and empty and quiet...a good way to begin the fast.
For the first time since becoming Orthodox the little hints of red don't feel out of place...it is funny how slowly things become habit and tradition. Old ways and new ways finally just coming together to be "the way we always do it."
The kids are focused on getting ready for a visit with friends so haven't really noticed my preparations yet.
I am looking forward to the surprise when we light the first candle. And I am hoping this is the year they are all big enough that our candles don't migrate about the house, but I am not holding my breath!