Thanksgiving has just passed and we are still eating pumpkin pie. Today is also the biggest shopping day of the year, but I want to sneak in one quick thought. Advent begins December 2nd. I love Advent; it is one of the gifts from my Catholic roots. At dinner each night we light special candles, sing, and read a short Advent reading. I’ll write more about it soon, and include links to some simple reading plans.
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Do you remember being a child and sitting in the front seat of the car with your mom? Our old station wagon had lap belts, but no shoulder harnesses and I can recall times when my mom would need to slam on the breaks. She instinctively protected me by putting her arm across me like the bar on an amusement ride. The brakes would grab hold and we would snap quickly forward, and then back against the seat again.
Today is the Fourth Day of Christmas, but when I wrote this yesterday it was only the Third Day of Christmas. I had some issues with my computer, and then got tired, and never managed to post it; so here it is, one day late.
On the Third Day of Christmas I:
admired Sunshine and Dimples’ beautiful, newly pierced ears – Merry Christmas to my girls.
mailed off a huge stack of Christmas cards and only fretted a tiny bit about them being “late.”
read Christmas letters and cards that arrived in our mailbox this morning (yippee)!
How was your Christmas? We had a very good day and enjoyed our time as a family. Today, I am tired, content, and feel like napping. I’m having a hard time putting a coherent blog post together, but there were a few moments yesterday when I thought, “I need to blog about that.” In no particular order, here they are:
*On Christmas Eve, the table was loaded with food as 15 of us gathered for dinner. As we passed dishes around the table, the bread basket got dangerously close to a low candle, and the Christmas napkin lining the basket caught on fire.
I admire fun moms who play games with their kids, because it doesn’t come naturally to me. I’m great at nurturing, teaching, and keeping the family running, but play — well, not really. Play is important, children not only learn the skills a game requires, but they learn social skills as well, such as taking turns, not cheating, and being happy whether winning or losing. These are not skills a child learns in an orphanage!
My sister, Laura, sent the kids this super fun Christmas countdown activity. Each night after dinner the kids open one bag to discover the treasure it holds. So far there have been Hershey kisses, Christmas pencils, “stained glass” ornaments to paint, and Christmas erasers.