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Advent, Dec. 7, 8 and 9

Running late on the Advent stuff; sorry! Here are ideas for yesterday (in case you want to catch up), today and tomorrow:

Dec. 7:

Staying In: Make paper snowflakes. Start with a square piece of paper. Fold in half to make a triangle. Fold the triangle in half. Then in thirds. Cut the bottom rectangle off. Then cut small circle and square shapes into the folded triangle. Unfold.

Out and About: Virginia’s Holiday Lightfest, Patriot Park, 5710 Smith Station Road. Dazzling illuminated drive-through holiday experience featuring larger-than-life displays. 6–10 p.m. $8 weekdays, $12 weekends. Benefits American Red Cross. Runs through Jan. 1. 540/840-6504.

Dec. 8: Staying In: Learn the lyrics to your favorite Christmas carol. Visit

Out and About: Gingerbread House Contest/Exhibit: “George Washington Slept Here,” Ferry Farm, 268 Kings Highway, Stafford. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Adults $5, children $3. Runs through Dec. 30. 540/370- 0732.

Dec. 9 Staying In: Eat dinner in your Santa hats. Every one comes to the table wearing a Santa hat or some other silly holiday garb.

Out and About: Christmas Open House and Train Exhibit, Museum in Colonial Beach, 128 Hawthorne St., Colonial Beach. 5–7 p.m. Free. Runs through Dec. 19. 804/214- 9508.