I don’t know if it’s because mine and Sarah Ann’s birthdays are in November, or because I’m a constant planner, or just how much I really love fall and Thanksgiving, but I just can’t do Christmas until after Thanksgiving is over. But once Thanksgiving day passes, then it is game on, and we are ready to go!
So this year we spent the Friday evening after Thanksgiving listening to Christmas music, eating breakfast for dinner in our pajamas, watching the Disney Descendants Christmas special, and decorating our house and tree for Christmas! It was such a fun evening, even with the occasional argument over who got to put up which decoration and how exactly everything should go on the tree! And there’s just something about the white light of the Christmas tree that slows you down, calms your spirit, and helps prepare your heart for Emmanuel!
Last Thursday we began our 25 days of Christmas for the 2016 year! It is one of my most favorite traditions where each day we do a different activity, perhaps a family activity or outing, a special treat, or doing something to serve and love others around us. We also have continued our tradition of reading through 25 Advent stories from the Jesus Storybook Bible to focus and prepare our hearts for the real meaning of Christmas, the Son of God! Each night we read one of the stories during dinner or before bed and hang them in our dining room, so that we can see how God’s most beautiful love story unfolded.
Day 1: After bath time, the kids opened up some new Christmas pajamas for this season and then we read our Bible story. And before bed we took a ride to see some Christmas lights in a couple of our favorite neighborhoods!
Day 2: Dressing up for the Lexington Homeschool Co-op Gala! It is always such a fun night of seeing some of the different co-op classes perform and enjoy some yummy desserts with our co-op friends!
Day 3: Dinner with friends and visiting Little Bethlehem in Gilbert! The kids always enjoy walking around the town, making a craft, drinking hot chocolate, visiting the wise men, and, of course, seeing Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus.
Day 4: Some days it literally rains on the parade, and Daddy was sick, so we enjoyed a laid back afternoon, went to see the children’s choir perform at Nanny and Pops’ church, warmed up with some yummy soup and chili, and snuck in a few snuggles with Daddy during our Advent reading.
Day 5: Making our Gingerbread village and going on a gingerbread man scavenger hunt before bed! And don’t worry about how much icing we ate while making the gingerbread houses.
Day 6: Our sixth annual red and green night, complete with red and green foods and red and green clothes! The kids always look forward to this special night!
Day 7: Grabbing dinner out and then going to see the Christmas lights at the zoo! It was such a sweet family night with Santa, snow, the sea lions, and lots and lots of lights!
Day 8: We spent the morning being Santa’s little elves and shopping for others–family, friends, and a local foster care organization, which is very near and dear to our hearts! It was a doozy of a day, but their excitement over shopping for others and wanting to give them the very best gift is a memory I’ll forever treasure!